Wednesday, May 11, 2011

This Year's Big Idea: Little Green Shoots

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 5:36 AM

Kale raab at the West Nashville Farmers Market
  • Kale raab at the West Nashville Farmers' Market
Before temperate spring is completely transformed into hot summer, let's take a moment to praise tender green things, and this year's new (or new to me) idea: the raab of anything.

Owners of CSA shares may feel awash in a sea of greens this time of year and making a constant effort to serve greens. It's a tough sell chez Wood. I'd like to hug the farmer who thought up turnip green rapini and kale raab, both of which I bought this year at the West Nashville Farmers' Market.

Both are the young shoots of turnip and kale, both are more mellow and mild than their adult versions.

Turnip green rapini
  • Turnip green rapini
Both go into a skillet with garlic and olive oil and are eaten up quickly as a delicacy rather than a chore.

I quizzed a farmer about turnip green rapini, and he said he uses the ordinary Seven Top turnip greens variety and just keeps cutting the greens while they're still shoots.

Nice innovation that I'll keep coming back to buy. Did anyone else try kale raab or turnip green rapini? What else can be done with them?

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