Here in Wine Country, we’re fortunate to have a huge variety of produce grown right in our backyard. And the local farmers market is the place to try new and unusual vegetables or fruit. You can try before you buy and purchase just enough for a recipe. Farmers are also always happy to share ideas and tips for preparing their bounty. So, take the family to the farmers market and explore! When kids are involved in growing, shopping for, cooking, and preparing their own food, they’re much more likely to try new things.
Here are three unusual vegetables that you can find at the farmers market right now, as well as some great recipes for trying them out at home.
#1 – Broccoli Rabe
Broccoli rabe, or rapini, is a cruciferous cousin of broccoli commonly used in Italian cuisine. Be sure to cook broccoli rabe long enough to mellow out the sometimes bitter flavor of the stems and leaves.
Simply sauteed with garlic, broccoli rabe is the star in this recipe: Serious Eats
A hearty, vegetarian sandwich full of flavor: Bon Appetit
This simple pasta dish is heavy on the greens: Smitten Kitchen
#2 – Celeriac
Also known as celery root, this variety of celery is used for its knobby root, which has a distinctive earthy flavor. Celeriac is great roasted, in soups or purees, or even grated raw in salads.
This crunchy salad brings together celeriac and apples: Martha Stewart
Celeriac pairs beautifully with potatoes, like in this gratin: Country Living
Simple and warming, this silky soup features celeriac: Goop
#3 – Purslane
Essentially, purslane is a weed. But, it’s a pretty, tasty, and highly nutritious weed that’s actually higher in omega-3s than salmon!
Wait for summer’s first melons and cucumbers to try this gorgeous salad: Food52
I’m a pickle freak, so I’m excited to try this recipe for pickled purslane: The Spruce