Weekly Weed Archive

Week Six

April 9, 2011

What’s In Your Harvest Basket This Week?

  • Peas! ( Just enough for a snack on the way home.We picked every ripe one there was)
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Endive
  • Curly Cress
  • Gourmet lettuce mix
  • Array of head lettuces

Ideas for Eating, Cutting, Cooking and Keeping the new stuff:

Scotch Kale: An older more used type.

Do not be afraid even if you have never tasted or used Kale and only seen it as garnish on a salad bar ! Try a new recipe there are so many excellent ones and easy to find online.

A few tidbits of kale trivia:

  • Kale is a form of cabbage in which the central leaves do not form a head.
  • Kale is the hardiest vegetable on the farm, withstanding (and in fact, improving with) hard freezes.
  • During World War II, the U.K. launched its own kale crusade via the Dig for Victory campaign (similar to the U.S.’ victory gardens). The vegetable was easy to grow and provided important nutrients that were in short supply due to rationing.
  • Because kale can grow well into winter, one variety is called ‘Hungry Gap’ – named for the winter months when precious other crops are available to harvest.
  • In Scotland, kale was such a staple in the traditional diet that the word “kale” in dialect Scots is synonymous with food. To be “off one’s kail” is to feel too ill to eat
  • steamed, sautéed, in soup, or raw. Store in the fridge in plastic bag.
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