What are the pros? delicious, easy, multiple uses
What are the cons? Have to diligently cut back
Shungiku are one of my favorite edibles. I use the greens in stir fries, soups, salads, and - my favorite - blanched with a miso tahini dressing. Best 5 minute meal ever. The flowers are also edible and make medicinal tea. The growing plants help repel pest bugs from your other veggies, and you can process them to make a stronger insect repellants for plants or people. An all around win. For best eating, keep them well cut back. Once they begin to bud and flower, the stems get woody and the leaves thin. The young tender bushy ones are best. Once you're sick of eating them every day, let them flower and start using the flowers for tea, and saving out seeds. Self seeding and abundant. Can look a bit straggly if left totally untended (like wild daisies).
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