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Cook What You U-Pick at the Farm

We grow some unusual vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs that many cooks aren't that familiar with. Many of the vegetables can be substituted into recipes that call for more conventional items from the grocery store.


A couple of our u-pick customers have demonstrated a delicious winter stew recipe created with freshly u-picked Lancinato Kale and Fava Bean Leaves: https://youtu.be/SlHT6HmzwY0


Fava bean leaves can be used just like baby spinach and will substitute easily in any recipe. They taste fantastic either fresh or steamed. They are great tucked into a vegetable lasagna, for example.


A fresh herb that can substitute for parsley or basil and gives a wonderful maple-syrup flavor is fenugreek. A traditional Indian dish that uses fresh fenugreek is Aloo Methi. https://www.cookingcurries.com/aloo-methi-potatoes-fenugreek-leaves/


One recipe that I enjoy making and eating is fenugreek pesto, made with a blend of fenugreek, pistachio nuts, garlic, olive oil, and a bit of salt. Grated parmesan cheese can be added, but is optional. I love this fenugreek pesto over either rice or noodles. I feel so healthy when I eat it!


When you come to u-pick at the farm we can help you with recipe ideas if you are unsure of how to use your freshly picked items. Hope to see you soon!



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