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Growing Oriental Vegetables

Updated on June 25, 2013

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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Winter greens

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

An indispensable guide to growing and eating Oriental vegetables. You can listen to Joy Larkcom talking about amaranth and pak choi on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour show.

Oriental Vegetables: The Complete Guide for the Gardening Cook
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."

Garlic chives
Garlic chives

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.

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Wonderful page full of inspiration. I'll give Asian greens a try now! :)

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      jed78 5 years ago

      I have been wanting to try Bok Choy , maybe I'll give it a shot this fall!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love Asian vegetables, especially Edamame. If you see how and where vegetables are grown throughout Asia, it will convince everybody that they can grow them regardless of where they live.

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      KRaj_DST 5 years ago

      Very beautiful and informational lens...thanks!!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I am just getting started with growing Oriental vegetables. Thanks for the helpful resources and information. Appreciated!

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      christopherlee lm 6 years ago

      Your have a very interesting idea, I love to grow my own vegetables, thanks for sharing.

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing such good info.. we have a veg garden and I think these would make excellent additions to the veggies we are already growing :)

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      I'm on a return visit to say that your lens has been blessed and added to my Growing Vegetables and Herbs lens.

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      sallemange 7 years ago

      These make me seem very ordinary. I've never tried any of these.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for a very interesting article.

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      Mmmmm you are making me hungry! Didn't plant a winter garden this year and it's too late now.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am thinking that perhaps an unheated greenhouse may be too cold to grow these veggies in the UK in the winter, but I do have a shelf in my laundry room that may do the trick - I wonder if hubby would put up some more shelves.....

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      I have grown pak choy (seeds easy to buy) and one of my sisters-in-law gave me a gow gai plant - a perennial.

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      You've started a great lens. I honestly never thought about growing oriental vegies. Thanks for creating such a helpful resource.