Our adventures in produce continued with Week 3 of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture): bunching broccoli, cucumber, kohlrabi, purplette onions, radishes, zucchini and salad turnips.
The zucchini, onions, and bunching broccoli went into a stir fry. For those unfamiliar (as I was) with the term “bunching broccoli”, it means the plant will produce again after you harvest it for the first time. This broccoli was slimmer/longer than what we usually see, and I thought it was much more tender to chop and eat.
The radishes were cut to add to a salad, but I lightly salted them and ended up eating all of them myself as a snack! It reminded me of my childhood days of picking them right out of the garden, wiping them off, and eating them just like that! The cucumbers were sliced and served with a dollop of sour cream. While not vegan, I always loved cucumbers in sour cream. Fermented foods are so good for our gut, so I give myself a pass on some occasional sour cream. 🙂
Kohlrabi is another veggie with childhood memories, but not good ones! I remember my dad planting this by mistake one year. By mistake? Not sure if it was a mix up of seeds somewhere or what, but one summer, this veggie showed up on the dinner table. They looked like potatoes, but, of course, tasted nothing like them! I’m not sure my mom, an otherwise superb cook, knew what to do with them. My recollection is that they were steamed or boiled, and not much else was done with them. And, of course, they were awful! But we were required to eat everything on our plates, not being able to afford any food waste, and we got them down.
Needless to say, I was nervous about trying this vegetable again! But our CSA shares recipes with us each week and I opted for the kohlrabi slaw. I always look for a YouTube video when I encounter a new veggie. How do I clean it? How do I prepare it? What parts do I use or throw out? It makes any new food less intimidating. Kohlrabi is a cruciferous vegetable, and we know this family of veggies to be very good for cancer prevention, so yea for bonus points!
After cleaning and peeling, the kohlrabi was grated on a box grater, along with a few carrots, and the remaining ingredients were added. Note, for this recipe, I added one tablespoon of olive oil, rather than the 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil it calls for. Honestly, I don’t think any oil was needed at all. We all enjoyed this salad, and I would definitely make it again. I look forward to more kohlrabi in my weekly rations so I can try some other recipes. Stay tuned!
That leaves us with the salad turnips, aka hakurei turnips.
These were brand new for me. I have never, ever eaten a turnip of any variety. I’m sure this is surprising, since I know how many plant-based friends love roasted veggies, including turnips, beets, etc. But I have never been brave enough to try them. So I watched my YouTube video and made this very simple braised salad turnips recipe. Turnips are apparently a currency of sorts in the Nintendo game, Animal Crossing, so my son was eager to give them a try! Who knew turnips were such an “in” thing!? This recipe was actually a hit (yes, there’s butter…) and my son went back for seconds. So a successful first outing with turnips. I’m looking forward to becoming more adventurous with them in the future!
IMDb: Turnip Day (2016)