Broccoli I worked hard to plant in February, transplant to larger pots in March, transplant outdoors in early April is just getting established, and will still need weeded at least once before I get a harvest in another two months.
In contrast, Good King Henry (Chenopodium bonus-henricus) which I did the work of planting years ago, has had some very nice flowerbuds for the same use as broccoli for several weeks. What’s more I should be able to depend on this same production for several years with only a little spring weeding, if even that.
I got a sizable handful of flowers last year for the first harvest from my GKH’s, as pictured below. It has a slight bitterness compared to broccoli. It’s that kind of bitterness people call a nuttiness or richness though, not the herbal caricature-wrenching bitterness.
Throw them into boiling water until they go limp, remove, run some cold water over them, and eat like any other broccoli.
The cold leftovers I chop up and throw into scrambled eggs or the like.
This is only the beginning though. Up next: Turkish Rocket!