Last week my friend Marie-Claire returned from her break in Mauritius, where she stayed at Pointe aux Sables and was able to visit her Mum, as well as going out and about.
When I got home on Friday, there in a Sainsbury's bag by my front door, were a few hard green sticks.....What were they? I could not guess but a phone call later I was wiser: Brede Mouroum Sticks. But I had not heard of eating the sticks. I can remember that my Auntie Suzanne who lived next door had a tree, which from time to time, especially when times were hard, or it was too hot to walk to the bazaar for greens, she would pluck the young green leaves and make them into a 'greens dish' to go with rice and salt cod, poisson sale or whatever. It took no time at all to cook, and was a gorgeous bright green colour, always lovely beside the local rougailles. If I lived in the right climatic zone, this would definitely be growing in the garden. I bet the tender small green pods are great to eat too!
With the wonder of the www, I found that indeed one can eat the pods. Mine seemed to be on the hard side, so I chopped them up, boiled them.....and what a pungent smell. I stripped the outer pods, and was left with some winged seeds. They taste very mild, so I am going to dress them with some olive oil and have them as a starter with some roasted red peppers, olives etc.