What's in the bag? SFF for Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Organic Green Beans From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

Green Beans aka French beans are a member of the Fabaceae family - cousins of peas and most common bean varieties. However, green beans are bred specifically for their pod, not their seeds. With a bright green color, both the pods and seeds are edible. The flavor is mildly grassy and sweet.  French beans may also be yellow or purple. Lightly steam or sauté to bring out the best bright favor, pair with other summer vegetables, or pickle for a delicious condiment to Bloody Mary's. Green beans will keep wrapped in the fridge for more than one week.

Organic Sweet Carrots From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

Carrots are thought to have originated in Iran and Afghanistan. A distant relative of parsley, fennel and dill, carrots were originally raised for their aromatic leaves and seeds. Although delicious and satisfying when raw, carrots are actually better for you after cooking – only about 3% of its valuable beta carotene is released when consumed raw! Instead, cook and serve with some oil or butter to access all that nutrition.  Keep wrapped in a bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Organic Romaine Lettuce From  COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

Romaine is a member of the daisy family Compositae which, although the second largest family of flowering plants, contributes only a few food plants (including also chicory, endive, escarole and dandelion). It is a cultivar of the common lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and is distinguished by an elongated head; dark green, long, narrow, crisp, stiff leaves and a coarse texture, with a distinctive rib almost to the tip of the leaf. These thick ribs, especially on the older outer leaves, have a milky fluid which is unpleasant, so they should not be used, nor should the leaf-tips, which can be bitter. (Although actually, these dark green outer leaves are the most nutritious). The interior leaves are paler in color, and more delicate in flavor. There is also a milder tasting variety with red tipped leaves and, a sweet romaine, which is even sweeter than regular romaine.

ORGANIC SPRING ONIONS FROM SANDHILL FARMS, Eden, UT

Small round white bulbs sporting tiny roots and bright green stalks, white spring onions definitely deliver the fresh flavor of spring. These tiny tasty onions are simply young onions that are harvested before reaching maturity. Both the tender white onions and their flavorful green stalks are deliciously edible. Cook onions whole or chop and add raw to soups and stews. Super in fresh mixed green salads. Ideal for stir-fries. To store, refrigerate unwashed onions in a plastic bag up to five days for optimum quality and flavor.

Organic Jalapeño From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

The jalapeño is a medium sized, moderately spicy chili pepper.  It is a versatile staple in American Mexican cooking, and is widely used to add heat to dips, salad dressings, and guacamole. Place in a paper or plastic bag to store in the fridge, for up to 1 week. Or, slice and store tightly wrapped in the freezer for several months.  Jalapeños are a good source of Vitamins A & C, plus Fiber and Potassium and Copper. 

Organic German Butterball Potatoes From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

German Butterballs may be the perfect potato.   With the classic oblong shape, smooth golden skin and appealing butter-yellow flesh, these tasty potatoes are extremely versatile. Use in any recipe that calls for Yellow Finns, Russets or Yukon Gold potatoes. Store for up to 1 month in a cool, dry location, but avoid freezing and do not refrigerate. Discard any potatoes with a green tint to their skin, or with any growing roots. Contrary to common belief, it is the flesh, not the skin, which contains most of the potato's nutrition. German Butterballs are rich in potassium, vitamins C and B6, and offer lots of fiber. The average American will eat about 120 lbs. of potatoes each year.

SUMMER GREENS BOUQUET From SANDHILL FARMS, Eden, UT

A mixture of small, young salad greens, herbs and edible flowers. The greens are a mixture of textures and sweet, spicy and bitter flavors. Among the greens commonly found in the mixture are arugula, dandelion, frisée, mizuma, mâche, radicchio, oak leaf, endive and sorrel. Spring mix is also known as mesclun, mesculum, field greens, spring salad mix, spring mix or field greens. When wrapped in plastic and stored in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator, the greens will stay fresh for a week.

UPGRADES:

Fruit Upgrade:

Organic White Peaches From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

White peaches are low in acid, allowing for their natural sweetness to be more pronounced. Their skin is fuzzy and creamy white in color with blushes of red and pink. When ripe and at room temperature the fruit releases sweet aromatics. Like yellow fleshed peaches and nectarines, the amount of red or pink tones in the skin will differ with each variety, but has no bearing on the ripeness. White peaches can be substituted for Yellow peaches in fresh recipes. White peaches have a much more delicate flavor and texture, though. Because of this, they tend to fall apart when cooked. Use these peaches in recipes where very little cooking needed. Peeling White peaches will enhance their flavor. They are wonderful fresh out of hand or sliced in both fruit and green salads. Serve alongside grilled meats or diced atop fish tacos for a sweet salsa. As a dessert, White peaches are great when paired with fresh cream or yogurt. Peaches store best at room temperature but can also be stored in the refrigerator to prolong their shelf life.

RECIPE: Peach Jalapeño Margaritas

Chocolate Upgrade:

AMANO MANGO CHILI BAR

Cheese Upgrade:

DUTCH GIRL GOAT GOUDA FROM HOLLAND

Egg Upgrade:

Fresh Local Eggs From CLIFFORD FAMILY FARMS, Provo, UT

Vegetarian Upgrade:

PROVOLONE PICCANTE from Lombardy

Provolone Piccante is an all purpose cheese and is at its best when savored alongside slices of fresh pear, olives, raw vegetables or salami. It is often added to gnocchi, omelets, small tarts, and potatoes. Pizza, bruschetta and sandwiches all benefit from a melted smothering of Provolone. It is a harder cheese and is easy to grate. It melts best when shredded.

RECIPE: Provolone Potato & Spring Onion Frittata

Omnivore Upgrade:

Mary's Organic ChickenDrumsticks, + PROVOLONE PICCANTE from Lombardy

Omnivore Plus Upgrade:

Mary's Organic Chicken Breasts + PROVOLONE PICCANTE from Lombardy

RECIPE: Khorak-e Morgh - Chicken with Green Beans and Carrots

Paleo Upgrade:

Mary's Organic Chicken Whole Chicken, + Fresh Local Eggs From CLIFFORD FAMILY FARMS, Provo, UT

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