Crummock Plant Info – Tips For Growing And Harvesting Skirret Vegetables
Crummocks are perennial plants that grow from underground roots. They have long stems with small leaves, which produce edible tubers.
The tubers are very nutritious and they can be used in many ways including soups, stews or salads. You can also eat them raw like potatoes or boiled like carrots.
The tubers are not only eaten but also cooked into soup or stew. Some varieties such as the Skirret (Prunus spp.) are rich in iron and vitamin C.
They can be grown indoors and outdoors. If you want to grow them outside, it’s best if you plant them in full sun. If you don’t mind some shade, then try planting them in partial shade during summer months when temperatures are high.
Skirrets are good sources of vitamins A, B1, B2, C and K. Vitamin C helps prevent scurvy.
They’re also great sources of potassium and fiber. Potatoes contain much less calories than Skirrets so you’ll need fewer potatoes to make a meal out of one Skirret tuber.
You can buy Skirrets at health food stores or online through Amazon . There are many varieties of Skirret you can choose from, just make sure you also buy a container of seeds that is specifically for the type of Skirret you want to grow.
If you don’t have your own garden, but still want to grow these unique vegetables, consider planting them in large containers. They do well in pots and will only need to be replanted every other year or so.
Skirrets come in two colors, white and purple. The purple Skirret has a stronger flavor and is more commonly used than the white one.
Sow the seeds an inch deep in loose, well-draining soil. They prefer cool weather so wait to plant them until all danger of frost has passed.
Once your Skirret seedlings are a few inches high, thin them out. Leave at least four inches between each seedling.
They grow slowly and will be ready for harvest in about four months.
Harvest your Skirret tubers in the fall after the leaves start to die back on their own. You can dig up the entire plant or just gently tug on it to see if it comes up easily.
Dry the Skirret bulbs for several days in a well ventilated place out of direct sunlight. Once they’re completely dry, you can store them in a mesh bag in a cool, dry place for up to a year.
You can eat your Skirret bulbs fresh as a cooked or raw snack. They have a mellow sweet flavor so they make a great addition to stir fries and salads.
You can also add them to soups and stews or even puree them and use them in place of potatoes.
If you want to try your hand at growing and eating a lesser known vegetable, Skirret is a good one to start with. They’re easy to grow, store well and have numerous uses so you won’t get tired of them as quickly as you might other crops.
Grow some Skirret in your garden and enjoy their unique flavor.
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Sources & references used in this article:
The field and garden vegetables of America by F Burr – 2009 – books.google.com
Herbs… Their Culture and Uses by AE Hutchins, L Sando – 1936 – conservancy.umn.edu
Good Things in England-A Practical Cookery Book for Everyday Use, Containing Traditional and Regional Recipes Suited to Modern Tastes by FA Bardswell – 1911 – A. & C. Black