I tried grelos for the first time last week in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on a short break and had a delicious dish of lacon con grelos or loosely translated as best my understanding of Spanish is, joint of pork with turnip tops (shoulder I think but by the look of it the piece on the plate came not to far from the trotter).
And excellent it was too with the pork falling away from the bone and the wilted turnips tops absorbing lots of garlic.
Next day I went in search of seeds, slightly unusual in a city known more for its pilgrimage than plants and came across an old fashioned hardware store run by three shop coat wearing gents who were able to sort me out with a packet of Grelos de Santiago. Wrapped in brown parcel paper of course. Personal service you don't get many places and all for one euro.
So now I have another winter vegetable to add to my plans for this growing season. But the sowing instructions leave me a little puzzled. On the reverse of the packet, the English translation reads;
"Like all rape varieties they acquire their development in fresh and humid weather. Can be sown July to October in lines 20 - 50cm apart or at volley with the seed superficially buried."
I suppose they'll grow here as, after all, we grow turnips for their roots but where will they fit in my rotation and has anyone any growing tips for a first timer?