Picking Greens at Echo Farm
During the Kape Isla Farm Tour, we were given the chance to pick organic produce at Ms. Chit Juan’s Echo Farm in Cavite. It was a definitely a delightful experience and it made me think of the small vegetable garden my uncle maintains. Harvesting organic fresh produce reminded of the song “Bahay Kubo.”
Won’t it be nice to pick organic romaine lettuce in your backyard?
I didn’t know tarragon bear flowers. It’s a pretty site. I got a few stalks which I made into tarragon tea. They serve this kind of tea in Nurture Spa Tagaytay and Sonya’s Garden.
The wonderfully-scented lemongrass is something you can grow in your own backyard. I plan to buy some of these in Manila seedlings nursery and grow them. You can use them to make tea, juice, and lemongrass lychee martini!
This is a new herb to me. I don’t know what this is used for.
Now, this is an herb I recognize — Mint. You can use mint to garnish your culinary masterpieces. Or, you can chew on it to clear your palate.
Let me go a little off topic here. I have blogged before about hoodia and its use in dietary supplements like hoodia diet pills. Since I am posting pics of greens here, I would like to show you a good picture of the hoodia plant. Aren’t they cute?
Okay, let’s get back to my topic. I left Echo Farm with two heads of romaine lettuce, 3 heads of bok choi, a few stalks of tarragon, mint, lemon grass and pandan. Most of it I gave to my mom who cooks a lot. I kept the pandan for my steamed rice and the tarragon for my tea. Oh, and I got a piece of patola (sponge gourd), too! My mom used this for misua soup the next day and sent me a container of it. Yummy!