Monday, March 18, 2013

Produce Bounty for the Week of 3/18

Greetings from Auntie Em's Kitchen...

The change in this weather has me excited for springtime produce!  It is on the horizon and I just cannot wait!  You might be noticing the change a tiny bit with a few of the items coming through so I hope that you are as excited as I am!

Below is a list of produce you might find this week:
Bloomsdale Spinach
*Spring Garlic
Red Potatoes
Blood Oranges
Sugar Snap Peas
English (Shelling) Peas
Black Carrots
Torpedo Onions
Chiogga Beets
Red Chard
Red Romaine

*Spring Garlic, or Green Garlic, is the epitome of the beginning of spring.  Here is an excerpt from Bon Appetit:

(Spring Garlic on the left; Mature Garlic on the right)

"Green garlic (also called spring garlic) is one of the first seasonal items to pop up in farmer's markets come March or April and sticks around until May. The immature garlic bulbs and edible green stalks have an amazing nutty-oniony flavor that is great fresh or cooked. Substitute green garlic in recipes for onions, scallions or leeks. The young, tender cloves don't need to be peeled before chopping. Slice and use in potato salad or mince and stir into salad dressings. Toss some in a stir-fry, on a pizza, or in soups. The light garlicky flavor enhances dishes without overpowering. One stalk and bulb of spring garlic is equivalent to a small onion, or a leek and one clove of mature garlic."

Photograph by Mary-Frances Heck

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Happy Cooking!


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