ABC of Vegetables

our CSA share
Artichokes, beets, and carrots, the start of a vegetable alphabet.

Before we headed out to pick up our weekly share, we noticed that we were going to be getting Artichokes (3), Beets (1 bunch), and Carrots (1 bunch), along with:

  • Fennel (1 huge bulb)
  • Rutabaga (1 bunch) — we traded for an additional Swiss chard
  • Swiss Chard (1 bunch)
  • Sweet Potatoes (3)
  • Dried Red Chili pods (1 bag)

The idea of artichokes, beets, and carrots got us working on coming up with an alphabet of vegetables that we’ve received from our CSA. We didn’t have a vegetable for every letter, but we did come up with: artichokes, beet, carrots, daikon, endive, fennel, green beans, Hakurei turnips, I’itoi onions, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, lemon cucumbers, mustard, nopales, okra, portulaca, quelites, radishes, spinach, tomatoes, verdolagas, watermelon, Yukon Gold potatoes, and zucchini. Not bad; we just couldn’t think of anything for ‘U’ or for ‘X’ and I can’t think of a single vegetable that starts with either. Can you?

Okay, what are we doing with everything we got this week? Chili pods will be turned into chili powder (super simple, you’ll see), a carrot already went into the light cole slaw. Let’s see what happens to the rest when we update next week.

April 24 Update: We steamed the artichokes along with the following weeks ‘chokes to go along with dinner, the chard went into a Swiss Chard Lasagna — wonderful, watch for it! A sweet potato went into Rosemary-Sage Oven Fries, and we turned some of the dried chillies into chili powder. The fennel and carrots are still awaiting disposition, although we are discussing carrot cake for the latter.


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