Posted: 09/05/2013 at 01:09
Pull a stem backwards from the plant and it should come away easily at the bottom. Only remove a few stalks at a time from each plant; the remaining stalks will develop over the Spring/Summer. Stop pulling stalks in July to let the plant gain strength.
Remove any flower heads, they will be obvious.
To prepare for cooking; cut off the leaf at the top of the stalk, the leaves are poisonous, put them on the compost. Cut off the bottom of the stem so you get a nice straight stem for cooking. Cut into chunks, discarding any strings which come away when you chop the stems. Very nice cooked with the zest of an orange. No liquid required if you do it in the microwave. Do not overcook or it will go to a mush. Pie, crumble, fool. Yum, yum.