We’ve got green beans and several variations on that theme including yellow, purple & romano too!! Over the next couple of weeks you’ll see several varieties of “green” beans in the share. All the different types we grow are sweet and crunchy and they also add a bit of color and diversity to your favorite summer bean recipes.
Provider & Empress – these are our favorite summer green beans and both have pods that are crunchy, tender and sweet.
Blooming Prairie – this is the first year we have grown this beautiful purple bean. It got rave reviews from our friends at Uprising Seeds. If you try some in your share this week, let us know what you think?
Pisarecka Zlutoluske – This unpronounceable name describes a yellow bean from the Pisarky region of the Czech Republic, southeast of Prague. Brought to us from our friends at Adaptive Seeds, the yellow wax beans have pods that are long & slender, like a little round tube. Flavor & texture are sweet & crunchy – very similar to green beans, and the beautiful yellow color holds up quite well even during longer cooking times.
Greencrop – This is a large and flavorful flattened romano type bean. Often green bean marketing has focused on baby beans, but this variety has great “beany” flavor and is tender and tasty even when up to 8″ long.
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This week your share may include…
- Green Beans: and purple, yellow & romano too! Try this recipe for Fresh Bean Salad with Olive Tapanade. It is great made ahead and eaten cold – perfect for the current heat wave!
- Baby New Potatoes: These are beautiful and delicate little yellow potatoes. Often called new or creamer potatoes – these are the first potatoes to form on the plant and they have a lovely sweet flavor and creamy texture – perfect for boiling or steaming. The skin is so thin it doesn’t even need to be peeled!
- Cucumber: Slicing cukes are so good on salad this time of year! In the mix are two varieties of green and also a white variety called Silver Slicer.
- Lettuce Heads: Tropicana and Summer Crisp lettuce are some of the few varieties that can take the heat and still come through tasting sweet and refreshing. Enjoy those summer salads!
- Herbs: Fresh herb this week is Italian parsley. This will be great with roasted potatoes or check out Cook With What You Have for more recipe ideas!
- Summerfest Greens: Beautiful japaneese greens are flavorful but not spicy and can be added to salad or sautéed.
- Spring Onions: We know it’s summer, but we wanted to share these onions that still have their beautiful greens. Red Tropea is an elongated Italian sweet onion and Sierra Blanca is a mexican white onion. Both have lovely fresh tops that can be used like a green onion – raw or sautéed.
- Summer Squash: This recipe for Courgette Gratin from Lulu’s Provencal Table is one of my favorites. I’m also fond of adding diced & sautéed summer squash to bean chile, scrambled eggs and quesadillas.
Coming soon… Heat Wave!