Thursday, October 11, 2018

Review: Tatsoi

This is tatsoi.  

In case you've never made the acquaintance of this amazing green, allow me to introduce you!

Special thanks! 

First things first:  A great big thank you to Jim Buckley of Garden Spot Vegetable Farm!  He gave me this sample bag so I could try out some recipes and share my full review with you!  


What is tatsoi?

Tatsoi is an earthy Chinese green.  It shares its heritage with the likes of bok choy, pak choi, and napa cabbage.   In its raw form, the stalks are the consistency of celery and the leaves have the mouth-feel of raw spinach and a flavor similar to mustard greens with nutty notes.  In fact, the common name of this plant is spinach mustard.  Like most of its counterparts, tatsoi is a green with a tasty bite of flavor, which mellows to more of a spinach flavor when cooked. 

It is high in vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, and potassium.  It grows rapidly and will grow more shoots if not cut off all the way to the root at harvest-time.  You can have several harvests of new greens throughout the growing season.  It thrives on rather warm days and cool nights.  

 What to do with it:

I have used it both raw and cooked in the past.  I like it both ways.  So, let me give you two recipes.

Whenever I introduce people to a new green, I always recommend that they try a few shoots of it raw before cooking it. 


 Tatsoi Salad with Sesame Dressing:  

My 14 year old sous chef made this for supper tonight.  Yum!  This salad combines the tatsoi with cucumber slices, green onion, and edamame.  The dressing is decadent: with lemon, garlic, soy sauce, and tahini.  It calls for oil, but I don't make dressings with oil and with the tahini, it truly isn't necessary.


Stir-fry Tatsoi, Crusty Tofu with Asian Sweet-Sour Sauce

Dial up the flavor!


I served it over a bed of brown rice. 

  The recipe calls for tofu.  But, you could substitute chicken chunks if you are not vegan.  

Our family's ratings:

I knew I loved tatsoi!  I've had it several times in the past and it is definitely a five-star winner in my book  More importantly, my family likes it, too!  

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