• Karl's Celtuce Pickles! Posted on September 24, 2015


    Karl's Celtuce Pickles! I bought some lettuce stem for a Chinese stir-fry that I ended up not making. This is a vegetable that I learned to cook while I was in Chengdu. I have always called and thought about it as lettuce stem, but its proper name is celtuce (orwōsŭn; 莴笋 ; asparagus lettuce).

    The celtuce stem has a thick fibrous outer layer that must be completely removed to get to the tender core within. The stem has a taste and texture a bit like celery and the leaves at the top look like Romaine lettuce. My celtuce was starting to look sad, so I decided that I had to do something with it. Since I was doing a Japanese meal, pickles seemed the way to go.

    Click here for this recipe: http://jabberwockystew.net/2015/09/20/karls-celtuce-pickles/

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