CSA WTF #1- Bohemian Veggies
I thought I knew some things when I was 21; that I ate relatively good and that I knew my way around a grocery store. That all changed when I watched Food Inc. My son was still only months old, but I swear that movie changed our lives. That movie was the tipping point of my foodie education and research into eating right.
Granted, my mother did feed us well as children. We had outings to go pick blackberries and such at farms, knew how to make our own granola, ate carob and even had our own apple tree in the backyard that I readily abused. But we also knew top raw-men and hot dogs with mac and cheese and on request could tell our mom and dad which donuts to buy us at the local bakery.
Now that I have my own son and I am a little more educated on foods from the various amazing documentaries I have watched, my diet has dramatically changed from when I was a child.
My son doesn’t eat McDonald’s food. We ride by it and call it “dirty food”. I grew up with a toy-box we called “McDonald toys”.. because the whole box was acquired from happy meals purchases from my parents. Now, with my sons our version of top raw-men is soba noodles and grilled pork. So I say, things have changed a lot for me.
One thing that has not changed is my education of fruits and veggies. Going to a farmers market for me now is like a kid in a candy shop discovering new candies, for I always find a new veggie each time. I feel both uneducated and liberated each time I discover a new veggie or fruit to try. And the best part, is my son is right there with me, trying each new thing.
Here are a few unknowns to us, maybe known to you. That I discovered at the farmers market. They are certainly worth a try, and most of them are easy to grow at home in your garden. I will try and find recipes for all and the best pics, but I have personal experience with most of them so you will get my amazing photos of each in something.
Fun Veggies to Discover at the Farmers Market or in your CSA box
- Stinging Nettles– iron content in nettles and dandelion are amazing! Use caution when purchasing stinging nettles fresh, wear gloves as to not get stung by the fibers all over the plant and the leaves. When you have some fresh, boil the leaves to make tea and save them for a replacement spinach in any spinach recipes.
- Dandelion- Dandelion salad is great, you can also use dandelion in your iron rich tea with some nettles and sweeten it up with some Melissa aka (lemon balm).
- Lemon Balm- Oh my sweet Melissa. I love lemon balm tea, by itself boiled the leaves make a great tea, and you can also add it to any other medicinal blend such as dandelion and nettle to help make them taste better.
- Green Sorrel- Sorrel and lemon balm have a very similar taste as they are both lemon tart. I love to freeze chopped green sorrel and add it to my eggs in the morning for a refreshing breakfast treat.
- See how to freeze herbs here:
Mushrooms– Talk to your local mushroom grower about what variety to get and how to cook it, I have come to find that each variety had its each distinct flavor and needs to be cooked differently.
- Watermelon Radish- watermelon Radish is very tart, but pretty. If you like radish flavor, chop it up into a salad and try with a acidic dressing. Here are some pictures of watermelon radish.
- Yellow wax beans/Purple Beans- cook like you would green beans.
- Purple Carrots- Purple carrots are so sweet. If you have the chance to grow some andbuy some do so, they will be the sweetest most vitamin packed carrots you have ever tried.Here is some information on purple carrots. there are also amazing purple bell pepper if you get the chance to find any.
- Fava Beans- first you shuck them, then you shell them, then you cook them. These beans are a whole lot of work, but if your into making your own hummus and bean spreads, they are worth the try. Here are some pictures of Fava beans and some recipes to go with it.
- Red/Black Currants- I love baking with currants they taste like mini cranberries and are super great to cook with fresh or even dried like raisins.
- Recipes for currants:
- Kohlrabi – I am trying to fall in love with this veggie. Its taken a whole lotta work and a few interesting recipe fails to find that this marriage between turnip and cabbage.. isn’t one of my favorites.
- Rhubarb- I love rhubarb. I have come to find that it is a life saver in our house and finding it is a blessing in a lot of ways. We make a sweet syrup drink that my son drinks for better bowel elimination. http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2014/04/homemade-rhubarb-syrup/
Here are few recipes for rhubarb.
- Huckleberry- Huckleberry grow wild where I live now. So does salmon berry and blackberry. We use our huckleberry in jams such as this one and inside cobblers and pies like this one shown below with blueberries.
- Squash Blossoms- Delicate little suckers, I bought some fresh and by the time that I got home they were wilted and I still stuffed them with a cheesy ricotta with steamed carrots, but it wasn’t easy. They are definitely a tasty alternative to regular party poppers and I brought them to a work party and they were gone in 15 min. here are a picture of my stuffed squash blossoms.
there are also edible flowers like pansies and nasturtium.