Grow A Stir-fry Garden
Want to eat healthier? One way is to stir-fry. Stir-fry is the technique of cooking food quickly, using only a small amount of fat. One of the great parts about stir-frying is there are so many different vegetables to add. Growing your own vegetables in your garden is a fun and delicious way to create your own stir-fry.
The following AAS Winners are the perfect ingredients to add to any stir-fry recipe. All you need is a full-sun location and fertile loose soil. You can grow most of these varieties in containers or in-ground, depending on your garden space and needs.
The fun of Stir-fry is you can add all or just some of these vegetables to make your own scrumptious meal!
Asian Delight F1 Pak Choi (or Bok Choy) is a Chinese Cabbage that is a must in your stir-fry garden! Asian Delight forms small to mid-size (5-7 inch) heads that have a tasty, tender white rib and dark green, textured leaves. One judge seeded his trial three times and all three times Asian Delight did not bolt whereas the comparisons did.
All-America Selections has never had mizuna (Japanese mustard) as a winner, much less a beautifully colored variety. Red Kingdom is a great addition to your stir-fry garden. This flavorful, mild-tasting green is an edible that grows well as an ornamental in containers or in the landscape.
Now you can grow fresh green onions that are an All-America Selections Winner. Warrior grows quickly and produces a very uniform crop of slender, crisp onion stalks that are easy to harvest and clean. They are delicious raw or cooked as part of a stirfry.
Super Star is a white sweet onion recommended for all spring gardens in North America because it is day-length neutral. Most other onions require long days or short days to bulb. Resistant to pink root, Super Star onions are exceptional when eaten raw or cooked.
Dragonfly pepper plants produce beautiful purple peppers that have thick, sweet walls, perfect to add to stir-fry. This pepper transforms itself from a green pepper into a purple fruit and is delicious at the green stage of maturity as it is when fully purple and mature.
A unique snacking pepper with four lobes like a larger bell pepper, only smaller! Not only are the 3-inch fruits deliciously sweet with nice thick walls but the plants are vigorous growers (up to 36 inches tall and 15 inches wide) that have a strong bushy habit.
A miniature bell pepper that is easy to grow with an excellent fruit set even under hot and humid conditions. These small 3 oz cuties are thick-walled, sweet, and flavorful. These peppers can be eaten fresh, grilled, or stir-fried. The possibilities are endless.
Starting as small green fruits, this AAS Winner develops into bright yellow jewels with a deliciously sweet and fruity flavor. Being an early bloomer, you will be able to enjoy these peppers throughout the growing season and well into the fall.
An early-bearing pepper plant with a compact habit makes Pepper Escamillo an ideal choice for any garden. This plant is a winner with its all-around qualities of excellent taste either raw, cooked, or fire-roasted, compact size, and high yield.
Sweet Pepper Carmen is an Italian bull’s horn type which refers to its elongated shape, about 6 inches long. The medium-thick flesh is the sweetest when it is ripe red, but Carmen peppers are sweet even when immature or green.
Broccoli, Carrot and Radish:
Artwork is a unique and beautiful dark green stem broccoli. It starts out similar to a regular crown broccoli but after harvesting that first crown, easy-to-harvest tender, and tasty side shoots continue to appear long into the season, resisting warm temperature bolting.
Purple Haze is the first imperator-shaped purple carrot. Purple Haze has a purple exterior and orange interior. When carrots are cooked quickly, as in a stir-fry, the purple color will remain. Best of all, Purple Haze tastes great. It has a sweet flavor no matter what color.
Roxanne is a hybrid radish with uniform bright red color and a beautiful creamy white interior. Roxanne is a great-tasting radish with no pithiness or bleeding even at a larger size. This radish can easily be grown in a pot at least 4 inches deep.
Siam Queen is an improved Thai basil or tropical basil. Prized for both culinary use and ornamental plant quality. Highly aromatic with licorice basil aroma. The late flowering, mature plant reaches about 2 feet in height and width. In many Thai dishes, Thai basil is added last, just prior to serving for its fragrance and flavor.
Persian Basil is a large, vigorous plant that is a prolific producer of pleasant-tasting leaves. Not only is the taste excellent, but the green foliage, sturdy branches, and large leaves make for a great ornamental plant. Plus this Winner is late to produce flowers, which often makes basil develop a bitter taste.