Invasion of the Pods

weekly CSA produce sahre
It’s going to be a hot time in our house for quite a while with all those chili pods!

Ah, we’re starting to get a few more cool weather crops, and it looks as if the greens might be beginning to wane, but you never know. We could still have a week with enough greens to feed the band.

The other exciting thing in our share this week was the chili pods. Chili pods are an example of how we’ve changed our eating style over the years. When we first joined the CSA and would get chili pods in our share, we would try to trade them for something else. If we had to bring home pods, we just didn’t know what to do with them, but today, we’re trading other items for more chili pods. Why the change? Basically, it’s because we’ve found great ways to use them. With this huge batch of pods, we’ll be making Harissa, ground Chili Powder, and chili flakes. All things that we use on a regular basis, and these pods will be gone in no time.

So, our share this week consisted of:

  • Chili pods (1 huge bag)
  • Dill (1 bunch) traded for more chilies
  • Chard (1 bunch)
  • Quelites (1 bunch) traded for more chard
  • Salad mix (1 bag)
  • Oranges (4)
  • I’itoi onions (1 bunch)
  • Broccoli (1 head)

Let’s see how these go down this week.

Update 19 February. Those oranges were so good. There’s nothing like an orange picked when it’s ripe (the ones at the grocer aren’t), so we just peeled and ate them. We still haven’t used the chili pods, but we did finish up the last bit of Harissa, so we’ll need to replenish. Dill went right into another batch of Dill-Caraway bread. We had the broccoli steamed as a side, and the same goes for the chard. The salad mix became a salad and lettuce for sandwiches, and we still have some I’itoi onions left, but we’ll be using them soon.

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