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(Zone 7a)


May 9, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8549786

There are a total of 219 votes:


Strawberries! (favorite recipe?)
(102 votes, 46%)
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Asparagus!
(55 votes, 25%)
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Spring salad fixins! (what is in your salad?)
(23 votes, 10%)
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Something that grows wild. (what is it?)
(9 votes, 4%)
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New potatoes.
(12 votes, 5%)
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Other. (tell us!)
(18 votes, 8%)
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Previous Polls

patgeorge
Nurmo
Finland
(Zone 4b)

May 9, 2011
10:21 AM

Post #8549878

I was torn between new pots and strawberries, but in the end plumped for the spuds.
Edens_Gardener
Clay Center, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 9, 2011
10:34 AM

Post #8549896

Difficult decision, strawberries, asparagus, salad greens, or new potatoes!! Asparagus won out slightly.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 9, 2011
10:40 AM

Post #8549917

Salad fixins here...but I've been known to add strawberries, new potatoes or asparagus to my salad!
risingcreek
sun city, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 9, 2011
11:04 AM

Post #8549975

sugar snap peas
Sashagirl
Davenport, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 9, 2011
11:13 AM

Post #8550001

Rhubarb is a top contender for me. Fresh, Strawberry/rhubarb pie...yum!!!
ErzsebetF
Swansea, SC
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2011
11:17 AM

Post #8550012

Hard vote! Strawberries, lettuces, wild violets...It will have to be the wild violets. The flowers are good in salads, the leaves are full of vitamins, minerals and are an excellent cancer preventative too. I vote violets.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 9, 2011
11:27 AM

Post #8550039

Violets are higher in Vitamin C than oranges.

Good choice!
(I love them too)
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 9, 2011
12:39 PM

Post #8550212

I said other. I do love fresh strawberries, asparagus, new potatoes, etc .

Odd but we grew up eating wild, fresh asparagus every spring. To this day, I find I crave it every spring. Need to get a bed started here someday.

Sadly most lettuci have gone south by the time the rest of the salad fixin's are ready.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 9, 2011
1:53 PM

Post #8550342

True, podster. Im gonna try to grow Malabar Spinach for a green for summer salads to replace the lettuce that cant take the heat.

I voted strawberries. I just love fresh strawberries. My recipe is to pinch off the stem, wash and eat. As kids, my mom always seem to want us to not eat the raw blackberries, blueberries, plums, peaches etc in favor of "saving them to make a pie". I was never a rebellious child but am kinda a rebellious adult. I take great pleasure in eating fruit out of hand!

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 9, 2011
2:00 PM

Post #8550353

Me too! Nothing is better than something still warm from the sun...and if you are barefoot at the time..so much the better. Curl your toes in the dirt and enjoy!

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

May 9, 2011
2:06 PM

Post #8550360

sugar peas, green peas, English peas, definitely. They go by many names but all taste great. I like to eat them raw.
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

May 9, 2011
3:24 PM

Post #8550539

mixed salad greens spiced up with nasturtiums!!
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 9, 2011
4:10 PM

Post #8550618

Cam ~ do you need some seed for Malabar spinach? I think I still have some left.
I am growing it. The leaf is not to everyones' taste but I like it in salads.
radiobushbaby
Albuquerque, NM

May 9, 2011
4:14 PM

Post #8550627

Rhubarb! It's a spring tonic.
Penannophia
Whitehouse Station, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2011
5:22 PM

Post #8550789

Fiddleheads!
Karrie20x
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

May 9, 2011
5:38 PM

Post #8550835

seriously, I could not decide between strawberries, asparagus & spinach! completely torn!
DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 9, 2011
8:30 PM

Post #8551294

Morel Mushrooms, are my favorite.
Dee
cando1
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

May 9, 2011
9:10 PM

Post #8551355

Strawberrys without a doubt. Tho love those fresh salad goodies too.
Vickie
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2011
9:19 PM

Post #8551369

Favorite salad: toss lettuce with sliced strawberries and feta. Dress with strawberry balsamic vinagraitte. (mash about 1/2 cup strawberries with a fork Whisk with 1 tbsp sugar, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/3 cup olive oil.). My favorite balsamic is aceto balsamico di Modena produced for Ritrovo Selections. Worth every penny.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 10, 2011
2:42 AM

Post #8551531

you can have a feast with the wild violets in my yard

:)

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

May 10, 2011
3:39 AM

Post #8551569

Same here. Love them.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 10, 2011
5:51 AM

Post #8551743

Definitely asparagus. My husband, Jack, and I share about 300 - 400 each spring, right from our own garden.

Strawberries and snap peas would be next on the list.

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nymegen
Auburn, NH
(Zone 5a)

May 10, 2011
7:08 AM

Post #8551878

Last week ,went into the woods for fiddleheads!!!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

May 10, 2011
2:03 PM

Post #8552722

Fiddleheads!
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 10, 2011
5:06 PM

Post #8553244

Strawberries, Wedding salad is sliced strawberries, chuck pineapple, fresh or canned in it's own juice. Let those two dance together for a while and then slice firm bananas in,
toss and yum! I serve it at all my weddings and those I help others with too.
;)
I also love more mature fat asparagus. The fatter is much more tender.
As for the other things on the list, I love em all.
Sidney
cindylove
Lewisville, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 10, 2011
5:10 PM

Post #8553259

Like them all so it was a hard choice, but asparagus won out in the end!! hahahaha
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 10, 2011
6:01 PM

Post #8553390

Count me in for the fat asparagus as well.
luvmuthrearth
Chesapeake, VA
(Zone 8a)

May 10, 2011
6:16 PM

Post #8553440

SPINACH!!! I use instead of lettuce-great source of calcium & vit D-It is about gone now-turning to seed.

I also love it sauteed in evoo w/ garlic-YUMO!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 10, 2011
6:25 PM

Post #8553472

someone watches a little RR

:)
hopflower
Santa Rosa, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 10, 2011
7:36 PM

Post #8553616

Very, very fond of strawberries.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 10, 2011
7:54 PM

Post #8553649

Fresh picked Italian peppers (sweet) and grape tomatoes. I plant them and they very seldom make it into the kitchen. I eat them right on the spot.

What are Fiddleheads?

My two uncles in Gresham, Oregon were berry farmers. We would show up from Nevada and he would meet us on the driveway. He would line us all in a row (4 siblings) and then said, get ready, go. We had 5 minutes to eat all we could pick and eat. Then we were not to go in the fields again unless invited by him. Being desert rats, we were in heaven with all the fresh berries.

Still remember the bread at Uncle Georges. It smelled. It was Pumpernickel. We only had home made bread at home and all of us children thought that was really weird bread. But they did have "regular" bread for us. Sharon.
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

May 10, 2011
8:05 PM

Post #8553674

Fiddleheads are the sprouting tops of ferns whilst still curled. Caution with some ferns is seriously recommended. Do your homework - you can't live w/o your liver - and I think that that is the target of any toxin.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 10, 2011
9:13 PM

Post #8553822

Well, ferns do not grow here, so I should be OK. Ferns in the desert would be interesting. Fried Fiddleheads. I bet they would taste as good as fried grasshoppers.

No I have never tasted fried grasshoppers. LOL. Sharon.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2011
4:18 AM

Post #8554056

Ferns in the desert... Hmmm, maybe that is how they make fiddlesticks. lol

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 11, 2011
10:57 AM

Post #8554840

I said 'other' because I'm just happy with any fresh fruit or veggie
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2011
11:44 AM

Post #8554970

I said other because my favorite is everything! There should have been an all of the above choice
DitchLily206
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 11, 2011
12:36 PM

Post #8555092

Asparagus for me, but if I had asked my daughter she would have voted for strawberries.

I love roasted asparagus. Preheat the oven to 400 F , add a little olive oil and salt, and pop the baking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes. Shake the pan after 10 minutes to mix and you are good to go. Yum!

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 11, 2011
7:06 PM

Post #8556581

I'm having all of them and you can't stop me.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 11, 2011
7:08 PM

Post #8556584

nice!!!!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 11, 2011
7:43 PM

Post #8556681

Good choices all - went with asparagus. Especially nice pickled in a bloody mary.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 11, 2011
10:24 PM

Post #8556908

I love morels too but I had to vote strawberries. I love to mash them up. add sugar and pet milk and eat 'em up!!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 12, 2011
4:27 AM

Post #8557111

Difficult choice, but I said strawberries, cuz I just had some yesterday and they were scrumpdilliishus!
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

May 12, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8558964

New potatoes. I love asparagus, but have not grown any. I eat the store kind, canned, fresh, or frozen.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2011
4:54 AM

Post #8559698

We had first meal of asparagus Wed evening. Can't beat the first picking, so tender & ooohh so goood!
NikB
Belle Center, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 13, 2011
5:33 AM

Post #8559759

dandelions!! good greens, the flowers are good fried, they taste like 'shrooms, and they make great jelly and wine. Of course, wild 'shrooms are good, too!!
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 13, 2011
7:40 PM

Post #8561584

I bought strawberries at the farmer's market last year, and they were the best I ever tasted. Store-bought ones are bigger, but not even half as sweet.

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 14, 2011
4:57 AM

Post #8561942

Arugula

my second fav is asparagus

thanks Melody..."violets are higher in vitamin C than oranges"...I didn't know that!!! I'll have to be sure to cut violets for our salads before mowing them down =)

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 14, 2011
5:35 AM

Post #8561977

You're welcome!

Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

May 14, 2011
9:40 AM

Post #8562349

Gotta be strawberries. (Recipe? Who needs a recipe?)
diggo1
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 14, 2011
5:48 PM

Post #8563078

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the combination of GREEN BEANS and NEW POTATOES. Always on my table this time of year. The folks at the Farmers Market always display them side by side. Of course the STRAWBERRIES get a whole table to themselves.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 15, 2011
5:48 AM

Post #8563757

New potatoes & peas go together here. At Farmers Market we put peas, beans & potatoes each in $2 baskets. Then offer 3 for $5 in combination.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 15, 2011
6:04 AM

Post #8563782

This week's poll has been a good one!
I'm hungry!!!
GrayThumb
Lost in the Woods, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 15, 2011
8:51 AM

Post #8564149

Raspberries. Strawberries. Blueberries.

Homemade raspberry ice cream. Homemade strawberry ice cream. Fresh blueberries on homemade waffles with butter and sugar. Maybe homemade blueberry ice cream or homemade raspberry ice cream on homemade chocolate waffles!!!

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 15, 2011
8:55 AM

Post #8564162

I'm heading for GrayThumb's house!
RuTemple
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 15, 2011
4:35 PM

Post #8565173

Artichokes!
wifeofgardener
Gerald, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2011
5:11 PM

Post #8565289

I had to vote for fresh picked asparagus. We started a raised bed (4'x24') when we moved to our current location 15 years ago.

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Sashagirl
Davenport, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2011
6:54 PM

Post #8565576

yumyums!!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2011
2:32 AM

Post #8566003

I love Rhubarb. Sauce,with strawberries in a pie,Rhubarb Crisp.

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BUFFY690
Prosperity, SC
(Zone 7b)

May 16, 2011
5:16 AM

Post #8566170

Wild Blackberries and I will have wild muscadine grapes by the end of the month...hmmm...Wine or jelly?
GrayThumb
Lost in the Woods, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8567921

[quote="BUFFY690"]Wild Blackberries and I will have wild muscadine grapes by the end of the month...hmmm...Wine or jelly?
[/quote]

Blackberry wine jelly and muscadine wine jelly!!!

For "adult" PBJ...

BUFFY690
Prosperity, SC
(Zone 7b)

May 19, 2011
5:23 AM

Post #8573307

[quote="GrayThumb"]

Blackberry wine jelly and muscadine wine jelly!!!

For "adult" PBJ...

[/quote]

Yea!!!
Now if I can keep the blackberry faries out of my pickings so I can make something yummy.
Got the first batch of patty pan squash off the plants at work tuesday, gonna bring home a batch Sat for the first squash cookdown of the year...Yumm-0

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