Many of you came to pick-up your preordered Thanksgiving Boxes yesterday. With two types of boxes available, Winter Storage and Fall Greens, we were able to offer our CSA members a few of the extra items that we still had in storage and in the fields. I hope you’ve enjoyed opening them. “It was like Christmas” one member wrote to me. I thought I’d highlight a few items that could be found in the boxes that could have been surprises for a few of you.
In the Fall Greens box we were able to include both purple cauliflower and romanesco cauliflower, both cultivars of the traditional white Brassica-family vegetable. The purple cauliflower is caused by “the presence of the antioxidant group ‘anthocyanins’ which can also be found in red cabbage and red wine”. The romanesco cauliflower is a type of green cauliflower that exhibits a logarithmic spiral, “which is considered to be an example of phyllotaxis, or the fractal patterning found in nature”.
While packing boxes yesterday, we refered to it as the “Cool Alien Vegetable” It truly is beautiful and mesmerizing. I think I’ll use it as a centerpiece before eating.
And in the Winter Storage boxes, mixed and loose we included both rutabagas and purple-top turnips. If you’re having trouble telling the two apart: the turnips are more round, have less root-hairs and exhibit a purple-shoulder; the rutabagas have a bit more root-hairs, irregular shape and a more yellow flesh. You may have to just taste teste to tell the difference!
Throughout the season we gave out the more popular “Hakurei Turnips” which are more tender and sweet. These purple-top turnips are the more traditional turnip that is good for storing. Try using it roasted, boiled, mashed, or stewed. The rutabagas can be used similarly, in fact interchangeably. It is also known as a Swedish turnip and this recipes calls for “Swedes”, a term used to refer to the rutabaga. http://www.food.com/recipe/swede-casserole-235175
We look forward to next year!