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Feast for a Frost Day Celebration

Finally Frost Day has arrived!! I’ve been eagerly awaiting it for the last couple of weeks, a little bit envious of some of the colder areas of the country. I know it came because I awoke to a garden filled with shrivelled up foliage, signaling the end of a fantastic garden year. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve taken the opportunity to completely rehab some of my garden beds, even though this last year was my favorite, ready to try new things next year. Once I clean and pack up some of my garden ornaments, and add mulch and bonemeal, I’ll be ready to take a break.

I’m not sure I’m able to pick my favorite season, there are things I enjoy for each of them. And I’m lucky enough in Wisconsin to have all four!! I love fall for its:

  • Pumpkin patches
  • Crisp fall leaves
  • Sweaters and scarves
  • Pumpkin ice cream
  • Holidays
  • Apple picking
  • Apple Cider

In my article “How to garden like you’re in the tropic when you’re stuck in the snow” I outlined the process of growing cannas from seeds. This year was the last year of growing a standard (tall) sized canna that I had acquired from a local superstore. The reason I began growing my own cannas from seeds was dissatisfaction on how the purchased canna behaved, spindly foliage, unimpressive blooms, and this one was no exception. I’m not going to store it again. Some people may not know, but canna rhizomes are edible, delicious and potato like. It’s time to put this old canna to good use. To celebrate all things good, I’m going to prepare a simple, yet delicious canna pepper hash.

Cannas are a delicious potato alternative

Canna Pepper Hash

1-1/4 lbs cleaned canna, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large red pepper, seeded and minced

When preparing cannas, remove the most tender growing tips, discarding any woody stringy sections. Place prepared canna in a medium sized pot with salty water just to cover. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer covered for about 40 minutes until soft. Drain canna and return to cooking pot and mash roughly.

Heat 3 tbs. oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add canna and pepper and sauté for 3 minutes. Finish mashing with a wooden fork and cook over medium heat until golden brown. Turn over with a spatula. Add remaining oil. With spatula, break up pancake into pieces. Continue cooking until crispy all over. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper. Serve hot, cut into wedges.


16 comments to Feast for a Frost Day Celebration

  • haha Love the eyes on the photo, candy does have that effect on kids (and adults). I must try canna, I have never

  • Lisa

    There’s no way to say no to that kind of caramel apple :) We had canna hash last night, the secrets in using the most succulent part, the more mature portion of the rhizome is very stringy.

  • I am looking at that apple like that right now! Looks delish! Caramel apples are def on my “I love fall for its:” list! Sweaters and scarves that is a great one too! The canna recipe sounds so yummy, I just have to get my hands on some canna rhizomes!

    • Lisa

      I’m pretty sure he said “Take my picture” right before it was snapped. One of the highlights of fall is stopping at our cool local, apple orchard, petting zoo, bake shop…place. Once I got done cleaning up from supper I thought “I should have made that w. coconut milk and sweet curry”, I think that will be next time.

  • One

    This is intereting. I didn’t know canna can be eaten. Are there various varieties of canna? Are you referring to the ones with yellow, orange or red flowers?

    • Lisa

      Just your standard run of the mill ornamental canna :) . The ones I prepared were red flowered, but I’m planning on doing this the next time I come across a canna that just doesn’t perform :)

  • Canna hash – New to me!!
    BTW, I’m still getting used to Blotanical after nearly two years;-))
    aka Bay Area Tendrils

  • Wow, really had no idea that canna could be eaten! I learn so much from my fellow bloggers!

    • Lisa

      The funny thing, my daughter invited her friend over for dinner when I made this, she could hear her friend’s Mom in the background saying “What are they having??” Who knows, maybe it will catch on and be the next big thing.

  • Your list was great. The picture of the little boy (your son?), the expression was priceless.

    I had canna bulbs or some other root in Costa Rica and thought I was being served potatoes, and did not really like them. It must have to do with the preparation and spices.I do know their was no red pepper on them, they were bland. If kids eat them, they must be tasty.

    • Lisa

      My nephew’s a cutie. I agree w. canna, it can be pretty bland, but takes flavor well. It reminds me of tofu, bland for most but tasty with the right spices.

  • That looks like one happy guy with his carmel apple. Also, I didn’t know you could eat cannas. I have never had pumpkin ice cream…i will have to look for it and try some. Nice blog!

    • Lisa

      He sure was. If I remember correctly he promptly ate of all of the goo and was so full he couldn’t tackle the apple! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

  • Canna bulbs – a new one for me, but very interesting sounding! Too bad candy apples aren’t as nutritious!

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