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#1 Old 03-25-2008, 11:26 AM
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Do the stems have to be removed? I notice the stems on arugula are very thin and brittle. Seems like they would be easy to digest.
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#2 Old 03-25-2008, 11:49 AM
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I eat the stems without any issue. They're tender enough.
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#3 Old 03-25-2008, 12:52 PM
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I eat the stems without any issue. They're tender enough.

Thanks for clarifying. I've been removing the leaves from the stems all this time and it takes forever and ever.
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#4 Old 03-25-2008, 02:08 PM
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Oh goodness, that would take forever! The stems on any greens are actually OK to eat - chard, bok-choy, spinach, kale; It's just recomended sometimes that you remove them because they can be tough, stringy and/or chewy and some people don't like that in their greens. A little extra fiber doesn't hurt anyone though, there's no real reason you 'MUST' remove the stems from the leaves.

When I harvest greens straight from the garden, I never remove the stems, too much work and the stems are only slightly 'tougher' than the actual leaves themselves.
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#5 Old 03-26-2008, 07:34 AM
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Agreed. I keep the stems on all my greens. I've never found them to be too chewy or tough but I guess that's a personal preference. One, I hate wasting perfectly good food and two, I just don't have the patience to pick the leaves off the stems.
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