Cilantro: This fragrant herb pairs incredibly well with piquant foods and can enhance the flavors of many dishes. Wrap in a damp paper towel or store upright in an inch of water, then refrigerate. Do not wash prior to refrigeration, but make sure to wash before use. Dandelion Greens: These nutritious bitter greens are tasty raw or cooked. They are full of vitamins and have cleansing properties as well. Eat raw with a sweet dressing to balance the bitter flavor. Their bitterness mellows once cooked. Wash well before use, and store in plastic bag in fridge.
Navel Oranges: These juicy treats are from our friend Nacho at Twin Girls Farm near Fresno and are QAI (Quality Assurance International) certified organic. We’ve been friends with this family farm for a long time and see them every week at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and yes, they do have twin teenage girls. They sell some of their goods to Purity, so that will explain if it has a market sticker on it. The oranges keep well in the fridge. Peel and enjoy!
Lemons: These juicy dreams add a great touch to salads. They are also from Twin girls Farm near Fresno and are QAI certified organic. Store in fridge.
Mixed Lettuce: Enjoy these fresh greens for salads and sandwiches! It is a mix of tender curly, red leaf and Romaine lettuces. Store in plastic bag in fridge and wash well before consuming.
Spinach: This tasty and nutritious green will probably be dirty. To clean, first rinse quickly, then fill up a bowl with water. Put spinach in the water, swish, and let soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Lift leaves out of water, rinse and blot or spin dry. Store in plastic bag in fridge, but don’t wash it until you’re ready to cook!
Stir-fry Mix: Bright, beautiful and full of vitamins and minerals! This is a mix of kale, collards, chard, and arugula. Chop and sauté in olive oil or butter for a lovely side-dish. They are also tasty raw. Store in plastic bag in fridge and wash well before using. If you find any unwanted visitors, try soaking in salted water and then rinse.
Green Garlic: This young garlic has a milder and less bitter bite than garlic cloves and sweetens when cooked. It can also be eaten raw! Green garlic has flat leaves with V-shaped cross sections. Store in fridge and use within a week. Delicious!
Turnips: This ancient veggie is one of the earliest to be cultivated and was a staple before the potato. It is rich in fiber, calcium, and vitamins A and C. These beauties can be eaten raw or steamed and have a deliciously buttery crunch. Remove the greens and store in separate plastic bags in fridge. Be sure to wash them before eating. The turnip greens are amazing sautéed!
Rutabaga: This tasty root vegetable has a smooth, dense texture and is great in soups and stews. It is also delicious when mashed or mixed with potatoes. The large roots are high in Vitamin A. Store in fridge in crisper, and to ensure the correct humidity level, you might even choose to wrap it in a damp paper towel before storing. Be sure to wash it well before using.
Red Cabbage: Cabbage is wonderful because it cooks quickly, is versatile, and tastes so good. Red cabbage is particularly lovely sliced thin in green salads and really brightens up a coleslaw. Store in fridge and wash well before use.