Chinese cooking

David Ehrlich
Mon, 06 Oct 2008 19:17:35 PDT
I do not know what bulb garlic is like, but for a few weeks only in the springtime, in farmers markets here in the Bay Area, oriental farmers sell a vegetable that I call spring garlic.  It is very similar in appearance to scallions, but like mild garlic in flavor.  It's wonderful in omelets.  I look forward to it every spring.
Celtuce is sold in season in oriental markets, such as the 99 Ranch Markets.  I am quite fond of it, but thick stems can be woody.
Water spinach used to be sold in packages in ordinary supermarkets.  I don’t know why they call it that – it doesn’t look like or taste like regular spinach.
If you have an East Asian neighborhood or market that you can go to, you might find these vegetables you are fond of, but they are seasonal.

David Ehrlich

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