I joined an CSA this year. The Alleged Farm, to be exact. I looked at a lot of CSAs, but they won for two major reasons: First, they deliver directly to my office… can’t really beat that. Secondly, and more importantly, they don’t seem to grow green peppers. Green peppers are gross. So not having to deal with green peppers is quite exciting to me.
Today was the first delivery. This week had: Arugula, Basil, Beet greens, Bok choi, Garlic Scapes, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Parsley. And… now the embarrassing part: I don’t know what arugula, beet greens, bok choi, garlic scapes or kohlrabi looks like. To be honest, I am still not sure what I ate.
Parsley, basil, and lettuce? Easy. Kohlrabi is pretty easy to identify. But, now things started to get confusing. Bok Choi is supposed to be white, I thought… But I guess young bok choi is green? I had never really heard of garlic scapes. Originally, I misidentified the arugula… But I guess they are just greens? But, now I’m confused. I am supposed to have beet greens… I assume those are the leafy red things. Which leaves me with two bonuses: Scallions and radishes?
But it was delicious. Kohlrabi totally tastes like mild broccoli. Those scallion looking things taste like garlicy scallions (maybe they are scallions, but they were so close to the garlic scapes they took on that flavor?). Garlic scapes are pretty good, but a little overwhelming. The “radishes” were pretty good, although the greens attached tasted like grass.
So, after tasting everything plain, I decided to stir fry them all together with a little balsamic vinegar. Talk about overwhelming, the flavor was quite good but every bite was a little of an adventure. It was pretty fun to eat it in the dark, depending on what I ate I either got a very mild bite of kohlrabi, or nearly knocked over by the garlic scapes and scallions.
Finally, I threw some of the scallion, garlic scapes, basil in a frying pan with marinara sauce, sugar snap peas and pasta I had left over and made a pretty awesome vegetable marinara.
I still have a pile of veggies in the fridge…