What The Heck is THAT?! Week #2 of the Summer CSA
I am always excited to go pick up the weekly box of goodies from the CSA subscription. The CSA volunteer was busy helping someone else when I arrived so we didn’t have a chance to do our normal giddy (“ooooh look”) session and share recipe ideas. I scooped up my box and did the swap to my milk crate in order to take it home. And, then, I waited for a moment to interrupt and grab my fruit share. I just folded the newsletter into the bottom without noticing the instructions but I definitely saw some foreign greenery. Definitely something different going on this week … can you see it?
What the heck is THAT?!
My mom called me in the car on the way home to ask what this week’s goodies are … she doesn’t live here so I think she likes to see the pictures of new stuff and gets excited because I’m excited. I told her there was a long, green, squashy-looking thing I had never seen before in the box. I now realize how weird that probably sounded over the phone.
But, seriously, what the heck is THAT?!
Thank goodness the CSA box comes with a newsletter. Or, as I affectionately refer to it, “Instructions.” The Instructions told me that this is an Armenian Cucumber. Well. How about that? I’ll guess we’ll have to do something fancy with our foreign guest. Any suggestions?
The other contents this week are:
a boat-load of cherries for the fruit share, zucchini, armenian cucumber, carrots, garlic, shallots, cantaloupe, mustard, arugula, lemon basil, cherry tomatoes and purslane
Wha-purs-who? I’m feeling pretty veggie-dumb this week. What’s that?
Thankfully (again) the Instructions included information about this, too. It is a herb/vegetable thing that has more omega-3 fatty acids than some fish oils! Whoa. Mega-super-food ALERT. Hmmm. How does that work? The suggestions are to add the leave to a salad or substitute for lettuce on a sandwich. Or, when used as a cooked vegetable, the leaves are typically coursely chopped and sauteed with garlic.
Have you ever tried an Armenian Cucumber or used purslane?