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  • Date Photo Taken

    03 / 18 / 2016

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    St. Louis

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Last spring (2015) I planted in my garden some Rapini seeds I bought from eBay. But one of the plant came out different from others. It’s obviously not Rapini. I let it grow and it disappeared when the winter came. But I am surprised that it not only survived the winter, but also re-emerged very early this March when the weather here was still quite cold in Missouri. And as shown in the pictures here it has grown rapidly into a big plant now with 14-18″ long leaves.


  • Jim Unregistered says:

    A recipe for turnip greens or collard greens or mustard greens will work for the dock. Better results with younger, tender leaves. There can be quite a bit of variance with the particular dock gathered, though.

    March 28th, 2016 at 11:57am

  • qbx2313 Registered says:

    Jim, thank you. I did a Google search on curly dock and you are absolutely right. Now I know what it is and will look for recipe to make a dish out of it 🙂

    March 27th, 2016 at 12:31pm

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    It’s called curly dock. It’s a common wild plant – maybe some of its seeds got into the Rapini seeds when they were harvested, but more likely it sprung up on its own. And it happens to be edible; can be prepared like any other potherb.

    March 27th, 2016 at 10:46am

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