Category: Featured crops

Turnips

Turnips are a root vegetable with many uses. It is a good source of vitamin C (especially the greens), vitamin A, folic acid and calcium. The greens can be used in salads or cooked like spinach. I have found that the greens are easily overcooked so I would advice sautéing some garlic and/or onions in oil, and adding the greens to cook briefly at the end.  Do not delay in eating them as they will continue to cook/steam in the dish!  Some like the roots raw.  They taste much like a radish.  Cooked roots compliment potatoes, are tasty on their own or used in other preparations.  This recipe is a favorite for our family.  We love the sweet flavor of these steamed turnips.

Kale

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Kale growing under a "low tunnel"

Kale is a hearty and nutritious vegetable that I have grown fond of the past few years. According to Wikipedia, it is “the most nutritious vegetable in the universe”. (Hmm…are they making assumptions about life outside of our solar system?) Kale is very high in various vitamins (especially Vitamin K) and is know for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Many people cook kale in soups and stews. I love it mixed with root vegetables in stir-fried or steamed dishes. I was first introduced to this type of dish at Life Alive in Lowell. Fabulous food for veggie lovers! Check it out sometime!

Kale Chips

This is a fun way to eat kale! The secret is to cook them long enough to get crisp, but not have a burned flavor.

  1. Tear kale into bite sized pieces, discarding thick stems.
  2. Coat with olive oil and sprinkle with your favorite seasoned salt.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees until crisp (about 15-20 minutes).

Kale with Bacon and Onion

I have had conversations with several of you about the best way to prepare kale. If your family enjoys bacon, try this simple recipe! If you prefer not to use bacon, simply start with some oil and the onion and perhaps add some sesame oil to flavor it further. I prepared this as a simple dinner the other night, serving it in a pita pocket with Swiss cheese (or pepper jack for some of us!).

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 slices of bacon
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch of kale, ribs removed, chopped

Cook bacon over medium heat until some of the fat comes out. Add onion and cook until bacon is nearly done and onion is soft. Remove some of the bacon fat at this point. Add kale and continue to cook over medium heat about 15 minutes or so until the kale is tender.