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Mighty green Midgets

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Our CSA delivery has just started and we are loaded. This year we are sharing on a bi-montly schedule with a nice neighbor. Easier sharing, provided you have a big fridge. A good way to work leafy greens of all kind is steaming them and then fold them into empanadas with butternut squash as a sweet component. We like little ones and whole wheat dough, which I haven’t seen ready-made yet; so we made our own dough, which is a little more work, but you will be rewarded with easy to handle, handsome dough. Our newest tool is a tortilla press, which helps turning doughballs into small disks. Just some touchup and you can fill them. Better with two person handling… See recipe

Wild Eats

Our first outside market had wild spring greens. I found claytonia and nettles. Also in season the first small zucchini squash (courgette). While nettles are widely used in Europe, (especially for a home made spray against aphids), Claytonia perfoliata is new to me. The Western American native plant, is also known as miner’s lettuce or winter purslane, and belongs with purslane to the portulacae. White flowers are surrounded by a round leaf collar. The plant is supposedly easy to grow on sandy and poor or wet soil and might be found on abandoned land. Eat in spring and colder months, as hot temperatures will turn the leaves bitter. See recipe

Eat your weeds

You don’t have to forage in public parks anymore for ‘Gourmet Weeds’. Even Union Square market sometimes sells wild edibles, such as Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) a persistent hot weather succulent in summer or the Common Chickweed (Stellaria media), which is one of the first persistent greens after frost. Continue reading