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. Mandarin Oranges: Some of these delicious little cuties are from our orchard! The rest are from our friend Bill Crepps at Everything Under the Sun in Winters, and are sustainably grown, but are not certified organic. These make a great afternoon snack or a great addition to salads. Wash and peel.
Spinach: This tasty and nutritious green will probably be dirty. (Visit www.eatwell.com/produce/spinach to learn why.) To clean, first rinse quickly, then fill up a bowl with cold 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! Mixed Baby 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.
Broccoli: We were amazed to see these beautiful bouquets of green in the field! Rich in fiber and vitamin C, this brassica always adds a flavor to soups, salads, and stir-fries. Store dry in plastic bag in fridge and wash before using.
Romanesco: This Italian heirloom is quite versatile and tastes like a cross between cauliflower and broccoli. Try steaming it and adding lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. It also pairs very well with pasta. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge.
Red Mustard Greens: The beautiful ruffled leaves of the mustard plant have a spicy flavor and are highly nutritious. They can be added raw to salad or sautéed or braised to tame the bitterness. Store in crisper in fridge and wash before eating.
Baby Bok Choy: This crunchy and tasty bok choy is amazing sautéed and adds a little something special to a soup or stir-fry. Store in plastic bag in fridge. Don’t forget to use the ribs!
Daikon Radishes: This is a large, mild flavored Asian radish. It is extremely versatile and can be eaten raw, baked, boiled, sautéed, or braised. The leaves are a good source of vitamin A. Add them to soup, a stir-fry dish, or salad. To keep your radish fresh, separate the roots from the leaves. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Leeks: These large alliums are rather mild in flavor and simply melt to perfection when sautéed. Use in soups, stir-fry, or in place of onions in other dishes for a delicious and more subtle flavor. The green tops are great for making stock! Store in fridge and wash
Pink Lady Apples: These apples are from our friends at Smit Orchards in Linden and are certified organic. Keep in the fridge or on the counter (depending on what you like) and wash before consuming.
Spaghetti Squash: This is fantastic baked (either halved or whole) and has fun, spaghetti-like strands of flesh on the inside. It can be used as a pasta substitute with marinara sauce or stuffed with herbs, cheese, and nuts for a delicious meal. Store in a cool (not cold), dark place.