Purple Sprouting Braised Pork (PSB) is great for those who are looking for a lighter and more healthy alternative to frying and roasting. A delicious, low fat and high nutritional food it's a great way to enjoy the flavor of pork without the fat. Easy to prepare, yet full of flavor. Also very affordable and readily available from the supermarket.
Cooking with Psb can be an interesting and rewarding experience. I've cooked with and tried several different variations of psb. Here is my list of favorite variations of cooking with us. All can be found on my website.
Sow Purple Sprouting Broccoli First sows your purple sprouting broccoli in a row about a foot long. Cover the seeds with water until the seeds are about one inch tall. Water will help germinate the seeds. When ready to plant just throw the seeds into the garden.
Rinse and drain your seeds. Place the broccoli into a large pot or container. Add two tablespoons of the dry mustard seed liquid. Add about two cups of water or you can use another type of liquid such as apple cider vinegar or even yogurt. Cover the pot tightly.
Bring to a boil and then simmer for about three minutes. Turn off the burner but leave the pot on the heat. Allow the PSB to steep for about four minutes. Strain the mixture and then fill the pot with cold water.
Place the loosely packed seeds in a sealed airtight container. Cover tightly. Set the seeds on a table top out in the sun. They should start to sprout within seven to ten days. Remove them from the sun and put them directly into your refrigerator.
As with most things, there are precautions that you need to observe before starting a broccoli growing project. There are various breeds of this vegetable with varying strengths and weaknesses. For example, some broccoli varieties are more hearty than others. If you are uncertain of the right strain to use, consult a specialist at a nursery or grow shop.
There are various methods by which plants are grown, but there is no magical recipe for growing any kind of vegetable. A healthy diet and regular exercise will make sure that your plants grow strong and healthy. Try to avoid using chemicals in your plants' growth because they can be harmful. However, if you must use a chemical, be sure to follow the directions carefully.
A. When the seeds sprout leaves, they will form a cluster on the end of each stem. Each stem has small leaves on it. The shoots reach a maximum height of two to four inches. You should provide your plants with extra light so they do not dry out too much. This can cause wilting.
B. As the plants produce leaves and then flowers, new shoots will develop. Each stem has only two to three leaf blades at the end. After flowering, new shoots will grow, which are the main source of food for the plant. You should remove any dead or fallen leaves and stems, which are waste products.
C. When the plants flower and produce buds, new shoots will grow, which are the main food supply for the plant. The buds are the end of the blooming plants. You should dig the soil up well and add compost to help the soil hold in moisture. Be sure not to over-water. If you do, the plant may wilt.
D. Fertilizer is crucial to the plant's health. You should make sure that your plants receive an adequate amount of fertilizer. Do not use any commercial fertilizers. Make your own by combining equal parts of wood ash, pine needles, and garden lime in a spray bottle. You should apply the fertilizer in spring, summer, and fall.
E. When the plants start to die back in the winter months, they need extra food. You should dig up all of your plants, cut off the tops, and remove any decaying matter. Then mix equal parts of wood ash, pine needles, and garden lime in a spray bottle. Apply the fertilizer in early spring, summer, and fall. By following these tips, you will have healthy plants.