Question: where do I find the agretti to grow?
I would like to know how to grow agretti or friar's beard
where seeds or bulbs can be found
I don't know how they reproduce
Agretti: Answer: the friar's beard
the agretti 'or beard of a friar, are the unbranched shoots of a perennial plant, cultivated as an annual, whose name is firm salsola; this very particular name derives from the fact that until the 19th century these plants were used to extract caustic soda, the one used for soaps or other industrial purposes; these plants grow wild in Italy, and also in the rest of Europe, in particular near beaches, coastal lagoons, because they survive very well even in the presence of salt dissolved in the soil, managing to store the sodium contained in the water in their fabrics. sea.
In fact they are plants that were particularly used once, but the taste for good food and the cuisine of "once" is bringing them back into vogue, and more and more often it happens to find them at the market or even in the supermarket; difficult, however, is to find them to be grown, because they are vegetables that are generally not consumed in large quantities, and therefore in general it is difficult to have many.
They are grown as annuals, in a well-sunny flowerbed in the garden, sowing them broadly, directly at home; the small plants, with the passing of the weeks tend to branch, if not pruned, for this reason we try to sow enough of them for the continuous consumption of the shoots, in order to prevent the plants from branching, and to become so excessively leathery, almost woody.
It is not difficult to find agretti seeds, they are commonly sold in most of the online seed shops; unfortunately they are hardly found in garden centers or nurseries, because cultivation takes place for a too short period of time, in the first spring months, and many traders find it unprofitable to keep seeds of a poorly cultivated plant, especially because the seeds do not remain fertile for long years.