Tuesday, June 2, 2009

CSA Report: 1st Week of June

This week's CSA box provided (from left to right in 4 rows)

Top "Row": Red Leaf Lettuce Head, Green Leaf Lettuce Head
Second "Row": Purple Kale, Dill, Cilantro, Chard
Third "Row": Radishes, Garlic Snapes, Purple and Green Kohlrabi
Fourth "Row": Large bag of Spinach, Zuchini, Cucumber, Rainbow Chard

The garlic snapes were new to me. I had to look up "curly long green things" on google, which produced this page that enlightened me and provided recipie ideas.

I thought they looked lovely as as a centerpiece,

But decided they were even tastier as a "pesto"

Raw Garlic Snape Pesto (as per the website mentioned above)
1 bunch garlic snapes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup freshly grated raw Parmesan cheese

Process garlic snapes and olive oil in food processor until well combined and transfer to a serving bowl. Fold in Parmesan by hand.

Everyone raved about the pesto (children included)! It served as as topping for the roasted chicken last night, and as a sandwich base for leftover chicken sandwiches today. It would also be lovely with chips or crackers and I might have enough left over to experiment with it in a salad dressing for tonight. YUM.


  1. lovely!

    salad greens make me happy. as do CSAs....

  2. Beautiful center piece. The pesto sounds lovely.

  3. oh my word, unbelievable looking find on that recipe.

    I cut up our rainbow chard tonight and the man couldn't keep from saying beautiful it looked.

  4. Hmm...your CSA is much more bountiful than ours. That's all one share? I hope ours is starting off slow because we're just not quite into the season yet. I really shouldn't complain because we have a hard time using it all up anyway. I'm also making CSA pesto every week, usually with Basil, but sometimes with Green Garlic or Radish Greens. I find that really anything can be substituted in for the basil.

  5. Food is beautiful! (especially rainbow chard)

    Sarah - We have a "large" share. Perhaps Meg can pipe in on the differences between this and her "normal" share (from the same farm).

    I am hoping that when berry season hits full force the large share will mean more than lettuces! =) We are barely making it through the share each week (salads and sauteed greens every day) but we really are enjoying it.

    Thanks also for the ideas on using other greens for pesto. Thus far I have been composting the radish greens - but no more!

  6. Marianne definitely gets more than us, most significantly are the items they've received already that we haven't: cucumber, zucchini, garlic snaps.

    They also typically receive one or two more lettuce items, this week we received a red leaf and bag of spinach, kale, chard and rainbow chard. Plus we got radish, kohlrabi, cilantro

    I sometimes end up tossing little bits of one thing or another into the compost, but we've been pretty good eating it all for the most part.

    I'll have to remember to take a photo next week. :)

  7. Meg - Thanks for weighing in! Looking forward to our next box (though I am certainly not out of food yet).

  8. I'm in love with garlic "shoots" as we call them. I can't find them anywhere in California. But, we eat them a lot in Mongolia. They are my favorite! Sauteed with a little chicken, beef or mutton. Mmmmmm..... Chinese food in Mongolia uses them a lot.

    I wish I could find them here....or had a place I could grow them!

  9. Daja! More reasons for me to visit Mongolia. I am surprised you cannot find them in California - the growing capital of the West! As I understand it they are only an early June thing....have you checked the farmers markets and everything? We planted some garlic late that hasn't come up yet, so I am crossing my fingers that we might have our own "shoots/snapes/twists" (our farm calls them twists). We shall see.

  10. I just spoke to a gardener friend of mine about this (and she gave me some snapes from her garden!) She said garlic is one of the easiest, most resilient things to grow and the snapes are a happy edition to the garlic you'll get at the end, so go ahead a plant some garlic, it's like getting a double yield from one plant.

  11. Awesome Meg. Thanks for piping back in. I will look forward to our own snapes soon!

  12. I've asked at our local Farmer's Markets. Can't get them. The farmers said that the garlic doesn't grow very big if you let the shoots grow. So, they are usually cut off before they grow like that. :-(

    I even looked in Chinatown a while ago. But, couldn't find them there either.

  13. I love garlic shoots and also discovered them through a CSA box several years ago. I just read that you can easily grow your own garlic shoots from garlic heads, even in the winter. I think I read it in The Urban Homestead by Eric Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, and if I recall correctly, you just put the garlic head in water. However, I will do a bit more research and get back to you.


  14. Aha! You just put a garlic clove in water! Check this link out for a how-to:



  15. Abby! You are a wealth of information. I am excited to try this (as we just finished our second batch of Snape-Pesto). Simple solution for all those cloves that start to shoot anyway!


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