Sunday 16 June 2013

O Christophine


Remember this? Well, during the next three weeks it started to do what I'd been promised it would do and made a lovely strong shoot from that suggestive crevice. Without documenting it I took it to France and abandoned it cruelly for a couple of weeks in the unheated greenhouse, somehow imagining that that great big old fruiting body would survive starvation, thirst and lack of attention.

Unsurprisingly, it was nipped by the cold, not really frost but too chilly a shock, and the sprout appeared to wither and die. Still I couldn't bear to part with the apparent corpse and I now present you with...

Zombie ChouChou as they call it in les Outre-Mer maybe without adding the bit about zombies. Never say die.



Madeline McKeever said...

What a coincidence! Last night i saw Christophine on the menu some friends brought back from Mauritius. I had no idea what it was. I hope it grows well for you.

Rhizowen said...

Good luck with getting the edible roots. It's a plant that has long fascinated me and if dayneutral types can be found or bred, it might make a fun addition to summer veg. If I ever obtain a long day variety, I'll let you know.

Catofstripes said...

Madeline - I think you have to be brought up on it to love it, but not too much. A bit like marrows, too many is too much of a thing.

Rhizowen - perennial though, if I kept it in a tub I might be able to overwinter without too much of a check and then the root would embiggen. No?