It’s sometimes hard to imagine what is happening in the darkness of the earth when it is covered by snow piles. Now that the snow is gone and the ground is warming up, sprouts of greens are appearing. Bulbs like tulips and garlics are showing themselves through leaves dropped in the fall. Now, your grass may not be quite green yet, but your local farmers have been busy and there is fresh food to put on the tables. Here is a selection of produce you will find now by visiting your local farmers’ markets. Hope you will enjoy a few tips about how to store them and the delicious meals you can make with them.
The first things to come up from the ground in early May are:
Baby Kale: For green leaves, it's all about avoiding excess moisture. Store the bunch of kale (no elastics) in a large container with a napkin or a folded piece of paper towel. Keep it in the fridge. A fresh bunch will last you over a week.
Spinach: Same as the description for baby kale above. Make sure to inspect your spinach on a regular bases to get ride of any yellow or wilted leaves. This will allow you to enjoy your fresh spinach for much longer.
Green Onions: These can be store in a glass jar of fresh water for a few days. Changing the water daily will help to preserve your green onion. If you prefer you can store chives or green onions in a large plastic container. This way they will last for at least a week. You can lay them next to your greens in the same container. Or chop them ahead of time and store them in a smaller container in the fridge. This makes it very easy to add chopped onion in any dish.
Radish: Radish wrapped in a reused plastic bag will last for months. I recommend that you cut the greens fine and add them to your salad mix. Radish greens contain important nutrients and can help to fill out a healthy diet. Radish greens are an excellent source of vitamin C, with as much as 6 times more per serving than the radish itself. A unique antioxidant comes from radish greens as well as fiber and protein.
Click here for a quick Radish Greens Pesto recipe from Attainable-Sustainable. Pesto is amazing as salad dressing, in marinate or as sauce for pasta or sandwiches. It can keep for months in the freezer. Have fun and eat your yard!