😎 I usually think of turnips as more of a winter vegetable, but last week I received a bunch of small, sweet, turnips and they were quite good eaten raw and sliced thinly onto a salad. 🥗
🌰 Turnips originally come from Russia, Siberia and the Scandanavian península. It's a member of the cabbage family and has round or top shaped roots, white skin with purplish or greenish crowns, and thin, green, hairy leaves.
🌰 They flourish in poor soils and keep well, making them traditionally popular with the poor. However, it’s valuable for its nutrients and medicinal and healthful qualities.
🌰 Raw turnips have a tangy flavor similar to a mild radish but are sweet when cooked. The root is high in Vitamin C.
🤸♀️ I have basil on my mind! 🤸♀️
🌱 I always associate basil with Italian food and here I am in Italy at a writing workshop and the basil flavor in the foods is more delicious here than at home.
🌱 Basil is good for a lot more than enhancing the flavor of tomatoes!
🌱Basil contains essential oils, including eugenol, citronellol and linalool that help lower inflammation.
🌿 Licorice is a member of the pea family. It grows wild in southern Europe and Asia. It’s mostly grown for it’s rhizomes and roots.
🌿 Licorice is fifty times sweeter than sugar, but generally not used as a sweetener because of it’s strong flavor.
🌿 Licorice can be purchased as the whole dried root, sliced, or powdered.
🌿 When my children were small, they were given four or five inch pieces of licorice root at their school’s Halloween festival, as a healthy, sweet treat. They enjoyed chewing on it for weeks. Licorice root cleanses the mouth and teeth and arrests tooth decay because of it’s germicidal action.
🎉 🎉 I learned so much about the health benefits of lettuce when researching this post!
🥗 I really thought that I was going to be writing about the fiber in lettuce, but there is so much more!
🥗 Lettuce is one of the most valuable healing foods because of it's high organic water content.
🥗 Lettuce also has nearly all the necessary vitamins.
I have to admit, I've never been a big fan of radishes.
🌱 However, they're very easy to grow, so I would give seeds to my kids to plant when they were young. They come up quickly and are very satisfying. I would use the greens in a salad or stir fry, and give the actual radishes to my neighbor, who loves them.
🎉 Blueberries are another superfood!
Until Kohlrabi started showing up in my CSA box many years ago, I have to confess I hadn't the faintest idea what Kohlrabi was.
🍃 Kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family, native to northern Europe.
🍃 It has a crisp texture, with a subtle radish like taste when eaten raw and a mellow turnip like taste when cooked.
🍃 It can be sliced, grated, or julienned raw to be added to a salad.
🍃 It can be cooked any way you would cook a turnip. My favorite way is braised with lots of olive oil and some red pepper flakes.
🍃 If you’re lucky enough to be able to buy the kohlrabi with the greens still attached, they are also edible. They could also be braised or added to a soup!
Peas! There's nothing like fresh peas: English peas, Snow Peas, Sugar snap peas. They're all so sweet and crunchy!
🌱 Peas can be eaten fresh or dried. Traditionally, they were more often eaten dried.
🌱 There's nothing like the taste and texture of a fresh pea, though.
🌱 The simplest way to divide up the pea types are into field peas, grown mostly for animal forage and to dry and garden peas, with their higher sugar content and fresh flavor.
🌱 The most common varieties of fresh peas are:
🌱 English Peas, which have an inedible pod and crunchy, sweet peas.
🍓 Strawberries! My favorite spring and summer fruit 🍓
🍓 I'm lucky to live in the climate on the California central coast, that is perfect for growing strawberries! I've also been on a number of U-pick strawberry expeditions, too!
🍓 Strawberries are native to the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
🍓 Strawberries are packed with vitamins and minerals such as, Vitamins C and K, folate, potassium, manganese, and magnesium.
🍓 They are also fiber rich and are abundant in antioxidants and polyphenols.
🍓 Strawberries are better eaten raw, as they lose most of their natural vitamins when they're cooked. So strawberry preserves and jams don't have the same health benefits as raw.
Those dandelions popping up in your lawn are more valuable than you think.
🌼The entire dandelion has health benefits; flower, leaves, and root. It's pretty impressive for a plant with a yellow flower, mostly picked for the mothers by four-year-old girls.
Welcome to Farmer's Market Friday
Each week I will feature a vegetable, fruit, nut, seed, or herb.
Farmer's Market Recipe Contest
Submit your recipe for any of the foods included in Farmer's Market Friday. I'll compile my favorites in and ebook (that I'll send you to you).
At the end of each month, I'll pick one winner out of a hat of all the people that submitted that month, to receive a free copy of Deborah Madison's cookbook, Vegetable Literacy or The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone....your choice.