Vegetable Info

Broccoli raab

Broccoli raab greensBroccoli raab (rabe): Rapini, contrary to what people think, is part of the turnip family and not related to broccoli at all. This plant is a member of the tribe Brassiceae, of the Brassicacea (mustard family). Rapini is classified scientifically as Brassica rapa subspecies rapa.

Garlic Scapes

garlic scapes

I don't expect many to know what scapes are. I, myself have only learned about them about two years ago. (Thanks to CSA) These yummy green stems are a great substitute for garlic cloves in a pinch. They look just like scallions but thinner.

Kale

kale

I am so glad that KALE is the first main event for 2015 SICSA. Kale or borecole is a vegetable with green and/or purple leaves. The leaves from the central base do not form a head. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms of vegetables.

Mustard Greens

mustard greensBrassica juncea, the scientific name of the mustard greens we receive in our shares, is one type of mustard greens; others are Chinese Mustard, Kai Choi, and Indian Mustard. The species originated in the Himalayan region of India and have been consumed and grown there for over 5,000 years. Many different cuisines integrate mustard greens into their dishes, and mustard greens have become extremely popular in southern U.S. cuisine.

Snap Peas

Snap speasSnap peas, also known as sugar snap peas, are in the species Pisum sativum, cultivar group Macrocarpon. They are rounded little pods as opposed to flat pods like snow peas.