This week we will welcome back some items from last week and introduce you to a few new characters.
This week's share:
sugar snap peas
rosemary honey short bread
Meet some new friends: Tokyo bekana and garlic scapes!
Tokyo bekana is an asian green much like bok choy with a juicy rib and tender leaves. You can use this in much of the same way as you would bok choy or even Swiss chard. Combine with your turnip greens and saute with garlic scapes for a nice side dish.
Garlic what? Scapes! Many long time CSA members savor this early season for the appearance of scapes. These green curlicues are the flower stalk of garlic. We take these off so that all the growing power that it would take to grow and bloom a flower gets sent instead to the bulb. In another month we'll be harvesting them and want them as big and plump as possible! The good news is that scapes are also edible and delicious! Chop up finely and use raw as you would garlic cloves or cut into 2 inch segments and use as a veggie in their own right. Note: cut off the long narrow piece after the flower bud as this is rather tough.
Lemon Balm is a beautiful herb known for its calming quailties, not just it's lemon flavor. Beside making an herbal tisane by steeping in boiling water, lemon balm would also be a wonderful addition to a sugar snap pea salad. Simply finely slice and add to a dressing of rice wine vinegar, honey, olive oil and a pinch of red chili flakes. Or add to a very quick buttery sauté of the peas.