Growing Oriental Vegetables
Grow your own Oriental flavors
Oriental vegetables are easy to grow and quick to crop. Most like to grow in spring or autumn, or even through the winter, when other harvests are thin on the ground. They're also very attractive plants, that will liven up your kitchen garden!
And whether you're into salads or stir-fries, Oriental vegetables will really liven up your dishes.
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Oriental vegetables give a harvest through the winter
If you have an unheated greenhouse, hoop tunnel or sheltered spot, then Oriental vegetables can provide you with crops of green vegetables all through the winter.
In fact, Oriental vegetables like pak choi, Chinese cabbage and tatsoi (spinach, too) are easier to grow in the cooler days of autumn. You need to sow them in late summer, so that they're well grown when the days get shorter. Then they'll stay fresh all winter, for you to eat them as and when you want to.
For more information on winter crops, listen to episode 70 of The Alternative Kitchen Garden show.
Oriental Vegetables - The Complete Guide for the Gardening Cook
"Increasingly, chefs today both professional and amateur are emphasizing fresh, seasonal ingredients, locally and organically grown. Now, in the revised edition of the book Alice Waters of Chez Panisse called indispensable, Joy Larcom presents abundant information about crops that are full of flavor, highly nutritious and easy to grow. She describes over seventy exotic vegetables that can be cultivated regardless of climate, soil type or garden size. Here are hardy leafy mustards, komatsuna, Chinese yams and cabbage, lablab beans, pak choi, the climbing spinach basella, gourds, luffas and many more. For this edition, Larkcom has added new varieties and taken out those which are no longer available. She's updated information on such topics as pest and disease control; and added to the section that offers over 50 recipes for making delicious salads (Chinese Hot Salad), salad dressings (Lemon and Green Onion Dressing), soups (Basic Western Style Greens Soup), pickles (Pickled Mushroom Stems), and other dishes using the vegetables featured in the first section (Azuki Bean Risotto with Watercress and Grilled Tofu, Creamy Artichoke Soup, Duck with Mustard Leaves and Pasta, etc.). The helpful appendices include a glossary of gardening terms, a season/month conversion chart, a growing information chart, plant names, gardening organizations and seed suppliers in the U.S."
Oriental vegetables for beginners
Easy vegetables that anyone can grow
The sheer diversity of Oriental vegetables can be daunting for beginners - where do you start?
Episode 18 of the Alternative Kitchen Garden is all about easy-to-grow Oriental vegetables - Chinese cabbage, pak choi, Chinese broccoli and garlic chives.
Grow gourmet pea shoots
Peashoots are a very popular salad and stir-fry vegetable in China, but they're not usually available in grocery stores.
So if you want to try them, you have to grow your own. Luckily its easy - you don't need a special variety of pea, or much space, and you can grow them all year round.
Listen to episode 21 of the Alternative Kitchen Garden show to find out how to grow peas and peashoots.
Summer Asian Vegetables
Oriental vegetable seed suppliers - Where to source your Oriental vegetable seeds
- Nicky's Nursery
Oriental Vegetable seed, Asian veg seeds, baby leaf, salad leaves of Oriental greens, Chop suey greens, Pak CHoi, Chinese Cabbage, Oriental Aubergine.
- The Organic Gardening Catalogue
The catalogue for organic and environmentally friendly gardeners. Organic seeds for vegetables, heritage and modern varieties, herbs, flowers and green manures, organic composts and fertilisers, biological pest controls, organic gardening books and g
- Marshalls Seeds
Suppliers of Vegetable Seed, Seed Potatoes, Onion Sets, Fruit Trees, Vegetable Plants, Apple Trees, Pear Trees, Strawberry Plants, Raspberry Canes, Grape Vines and more.
- Asian Vegetable Seeds
We carry more than 350 varieties of Oriental vegetable seeds that are grouped as below for your easy access and review. Most of these seeds are imported from Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, India and Thailand.
- Tozer Seeds
Tozer Seeds is at the forefront of supplying seeds of Oriental vegetable seeds such as Pak Choi, Chinese Celery and Chrysanthamum.
- Kitazawa Seed Company
Asian vegetable seeds from America's oldest Asian vegetables seeds company. Oriental vegetables seed source for home gardeners, retailers, and commercial growers.