Monday, November 16, 2009

Produce Problem? Let me help!

It seems that every time I go to the farmers' market, I witness someone looking quizzically at a fruit or vegetable as if for the first time. I can almost hear them thinking, 'This is crazy-looking... How am I supposed to eat this!?' While some brave souls toss the sunchokes, quince, parsnips, giant cauliflower mushrooms, burdock, kohlrabi, and celeriac into their market bags, far too many place it back into the pile and run back to their spinach and potatoes. This, my friends, is a shame. Sure, some vegetables are weird looking. Alien, even. But a lot of those 'weird' vegetables are nutritional power-houses, regional specialties, and absolutely delicious.

If you're one of those who has come across an unknown veggie, or simply wants to know how to turn an old stand-by like the Brussels sprout into something you'll actually WANT to eat, I'd love to help.

If you're at all a regular reader of Lemonbasil, you'll remember how the blog sort of... ahem... dwindles during the winter months. Help me out by giving me prompts, questions, and challenges, and I'll help you with that bag of market finds! Don't know what a certain fruit or veggie is? Snap a picture, send it to me, and we can go from there.

Send all of your queries, ideas, challenges, stories, and photos to and let's get cooking!

Eat well!


  1. I will remember this. Great for folks with CSA boxes full of stuff they have no idea how to prepare.

  2. WoW~! I just found your blog and I can't wait for the next farm season! Thanks for all the recipes and beautiful pics.

  3. Great idea.

    Aren't Delicata Squash just beautiful?

    Happy New Year!