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This Week’s Harvest, 5/4

May 4, 2011

Swiss chard, kohlrabi, white asparagus, lettuce, radishes, eggs, potatoes

No fruit?  Color me indignant.  Still, there’s a lot to be excited about this week.  The Swiss chard, which I never associate with Spring, will be delicious braised with tomatoes and balsamic vinegar before serving as a bed for baked eggs.

And the asparagus!  Even though it’s white, this bunch is slender and has lovely purple-green tips, which means it’s likely to be more flavorful than most white asparagus.  I’m going to be roasting it and mixing it with pasta, whether I will complete the dish with balsamic butter or white beans and pesto remains to be seen.

Kohlrabi, one of the most bizarre-looking vegetables around, is more versatile than you might think.  When I got it last year, I roasted it with some potatoes and served it with salmon.  Something like that could very easily happen again.  Or I might make this lamb stew, if we get another cold snap.  Or if it stays warm, I may just try it raw, in a salad.  Maybe give it the rémoulade treatment.

If Spring means one thing in France, it’s radishes.  I rarely see any reason to do much to them other than wash and trim them – the spicy crunch makes them a perfect appetizer as-is.

As if I didn’t have enough lettuce from last week, another head came today.  At least it’s a different kind, so now I can mix them.  My vinaigrette arm is getting a workout these days.

Originally published on Seasonal Market Menus.

  1. May 5, 2011 12:15 am

    I love the shape of those radishes, we don’t get those ones in Australia, just the round ones. And that asparagus looks so fabulous, I’m sure it’ll taste wonderful too. Kohlrabi does look bizarre. I’ve only ever eaten it once, when my son wondered what they were. And it says something as to the freshness that last weeks lettuce is still going and not dissolved in its own self as a supermarket one would have.

  2. May 7, 2011 11:04 am

    Louise – France has radishes of all shapes, sizes, and colors! And I’ve always been impressed with the freshness of the lettuce I get from the panier.

  3. May 7, 2011 11:18 am

    That asparagus is gorgeous. Jealous!

  4. May 8, 2011 10:20 am

    Ann – It was rather tasty, too! 😉

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