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The very best souvenir from the Camino!

scruffy1

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The very best souvenir from the Camino! As you walked you saw the plant; here are the leaves from my garden, the prep, cooking, and presentation - Caldo Galego The plant is called couve-galega in Portuguese or berza in Spanish and the seeds may be found in any ferretería/hardware store, one maybe 200 meters from the Cathedral in SdC! For our American cousins, Yes berza is European collard greens as found there in the supermarets. NO! kale or marigold or spinach should not be substituted.
 

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Those plants in your first photograph look a lot like kale (as available in UK).

I use cavalo nero (black kale) in Caldo Verde and sometimes add some outer leaves of a savoy cabbage ... 😋
(simpler than Caldo Gallego - I can’t digest beans 😕)
 
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J Willhaus

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The very best souvenir from the Camino! As you walked you saw the plant; here are the leaves from my garden, the prep, cooking, and presentation - Caldo Galego The plant is called couve-galega in Portuguese or berza in Spanish and the seeds may be found in any ferretería/hardware store, one maybe 200 meters from the Cathedral in SdC! For our American cousins, Yes berza is European collard greens as found there in the supermarets. NO! kale or marigold or spinach should not be substituted.
I thought these were referred to as grelos in the store and in my cookbooks? Unfortunately we can't get that specific green here in Wyoming so I have to resort to whatever is available for my Caldo Gallego. Usually that is kale, turnip greens, or collards.

Yours look very tasty and healthy. Will they grow through the winter or is it too cold there?
 

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Those leaves are huge … but look different from those in @scruffy1 ’s garden … (?)

but very similar to those in his soup …
Berza is a fall/winter/early Spring plant - these are the first leaves and I could not be restrained!
 

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The very best souvenir from the Camino! As you walked you saw the plant; here are the leaves from my garden, the prep, cooking, and presentation - Caldo Galego The plant is called couve-galega in Portuguese or berza in Spanish and the seeds may be found in any ferretería/hardware store, one maybe 200 meters from the Cathedral in SdC! For our American cousins, Yes berza is European collard greens as found there in the supermarets. NO! kale or marigold or spinach should not be substituted.
Is that also sometimes known as ‘walking stick cabbage’?
 

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‘Heirloom’ Jersey kale?

Yes … I DuckDuckGo(ed) it …
I wasn’t sure if you were pulling our legs 😉

Apparently, the stems are strong enough, when dried, to carve into walking sticks … or camino staffs?
Billiard cuesticks perhaps? 1662543016053.png
 
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The very best souvenir from the Camino! As you walked you saw the plant; here are the leaves from my garden, the prep, cooking, and presentation - Caldo Galego The plant is called couve-galega in Portuguese or berza in Spanish and the seeds may be found in any ferretería/hardware store, one maybe 200 meters from the Cathedral in SdC! For our American cousins, Yes berza is European collard greens as found there in the supermarets. NO! kale or marigold or spinach should not be substituted.
You are the first one that I know that has planted berzas in his garden after doing. a Camino. I don't know any Spaniard either, so my congratulations to you.
You are very lucky to have your own garden. Here in Madrid there aren't ecologic berzas but nevertheless I risk myself buying them in Alcampo despite I am sure they have pesticides, but I like very much caldo de berzas ( more than de grelos) and can't avoid it.
 

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I thought these were referred to as grelos in the store and in my cookbooks? Unfortunately we can't get that specific green here in Wyoming so I have to resort to whatever is available for my Caldo Gallego. Usually that is kale, turnip greens, or collards.

Yours look very tasty and healthy. Will they grow through the winter or is it too cold there?
Greetings from Jerusalem! They pass the winter here very well grelos are also a Mediterranean green smaller and more similar to turnip greens, kale and grelos will work but they both are rather more bitter than collard greens, mangold or chard is usually cooked tasteless unless you but it in the last few minutes. After my plants recover, I want to try and stuff them with rice like Greek dolmes
 
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‘Heirloom’ Jersey kale?

Yes … I DuckDuckGo(ed) it …
I wasn’t sure if you were pulling our legs 😉

Apparently, the stems are strong enough, when dried, to carve into walking sticks … or camino staffs?
I once had a Brussels sprouts stalk that survived a winter outside and was hard enough to serve as personal protection… or a wiffle ball bat!
I thought these ubiquitous Camino greens looked like collards, but a hardier variety. I loved the Caldo Gallego and ate it often during my Camino Ingles last week!
 
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The very best souvenir from the Camino! As you walked you saw the plant; here are the leaves from my garden, the prep, cooking, and presentation - Caldo Galego The plant is called couve-galega in Portuguese or berza in Spanish and the seeds may be found in any ferretería/hardware store, one maybe 200 meters from the Cathedral in SdC! For our American cousins, Yes berza is European collard greens as found there in the supermarets. NO! kale or marigold or spinach should not be substituted.
I loved caldo galego! The pictures are so good I can almost taste it. Definitely my favourite food from Galicia. Thank you for a memory of the senses.
 

chinacat

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Greetings from Jerusalem! They pass the winter here very well grelos are also a Mediterranean green smaller and more similar to turnip greens, kale and grelos will work but they both are rather more bitter than collard greens, mangold or chard is usually cooked tasteless unless you but it in the last few minutes. After my plants recover, I want to try and stuff them with rice like Greek dolmes

I grew cavalo nero for years. The only problem I had was keeping the cabbage whites off it!
It used to survive the winter and grow on the next year.
Makes a good substitute for fried seaweed, with a chinese meal 😉
I slice it into filaments for Caldo Verde, really thinly. It can be quite tough, as a leaf vegetable, but it’s okay when very, very thinly sliced.
 
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The very best souvenir from the Camino! As you walked you saw the plant; here are the leaves from my garden, the prep, cooking, and presentation - Caldo Galego The plant is called couve-galega in Portuguese or berza in Spanish and the seeds may be found in any ferretería/hardware store, one maybe 200 meters from the Cathedral in SdC! For our American cousins, Yes berza is European collard greens as found there in the supermarets. NO! kale or marigold or spinach should not be substituted.
Memories.
 

Pelegrin

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Greetings from Jerusalem! They pass the winter here very well grelos are also a Mediterranean green smaller and more similar to turnip greens, kale and grelos will work but they both are rather more bitter than collard greens, mangold or chard is usually cooked tasteless unless you but it in the last few minutes. After my plants recover, I want to try and stuff them with rice like Greek dolmes
Berza galega planted in Jerusalem because the Camino !!. If "La Voz de Galicia" knows it, maybe it would publish a news about it. No joke
 

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