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.
Asparagus is a treat this time of year!
🍴 I really love tossing asparagus with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roasting it in the oven or on the grill. It's so simple, easy, and delicious.
Fava Beans, AKA Broad Beans or Bell Beans!!!
🌿In California, we get our young nettle shoots in the early spring, but I know places where it's rainier, that get them for a longer period of time.
🌿 Nettles are mostly known for their needle like hairs that can easily penetrate the skin, which is the reasoning behind why they are called stinging nettles.
🌿 The stinging property of the nettle goes away when submerged in boiling water for a few seconds.
🌿 Nettles are known for a number of health benefits.
🌞 Quinoa was the principle "grain" of the Incas. It was referred to as the Mother Grain. It was used in spiritual and household activities.
🌞 Quinoa isn't a true grain, since it doesn't belong to the grass family. Strangely enough it belongs to the same family as beets, spinach, and chard.
🌞 Quinoa is best grown above 10,000 feet and flourishes under extreme conditions.
🌞 There are hundreds of varieties of Quinoa. Peru and Bolivia alone have over 1800 varieties stored in the seed banks.
🌞 Although, the most common commercial quinoa is a pale yellow and less commonly red or black, quinoa comes in many colors, including pink, orange, yellow, lavender, purple, green, black and white.
🌞 Quinoa is a high energy food. It's easy to digest and high in insoluble fibers, which increases the full feeling and feeds the beneficial bacteria in the colon.
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.