This Week’s Harvest, 9/21: Cool Beans
Well, these are exciting. Just look at those gorgeous, mottled hot pink beans! They’re cranberry beans, or borlotti beans, and I’m really looking forward to cooking them. Fresh shell beans are truly one of the delights of fall, and these are supposed to be pretty darn delicious – they reportedly have a vaguely chestnutty taste. As soon as I’m done here, I’m going to pop them out of their pods, give them a quick simmer, and toss them with some pasta, zucchini, and tomatoes.
Also exciting is the melon – remember, the one we were promised last week? It smells fantastic, and I think it will make a fabulous salad with thin slices of Spanish ham on a bed of lettuce. I could add a poached egg and it would be a complete meal.
I am less thrilled about the apples, though that is more of me not being ready for winter’s apple onslaught than any kind of quality problem with the apples themselves. They’re quite good, actually, crisp and sweet-tart, and just the right size for snacking.
Originally published on Seasonal Market Menus.