Posts Tagged ‘Recipes’

Purslane is rich with Omega-3!

In Recipes on July 12, 2011 at 7:51 AM


Verdolaga is the Spanish name for a common garden weed known as purslane or pigweed in English. It is widely eaten in the Middle East both in salads and cooked like spinach. It has a reputation for curative powers going back to the ancient Greeks. It’s extremely good for you, in fact, purslane has more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other vegetable plant.

For more info on storage, perparation and recipes, download Just Food’s Purslane Tip Sheet.

More Purslane Recipes:
Purslane and Parsley Salad
Purslane Cucumber Salad
Purslane Green Bean Marinade
Purslane Gazpacho
Purslane Pasta w/Cherry Tomatoes
Purslane Salsa
Purslane Spanish Rice
Grilled Zucchini Salad with Purslane and Tomato


Tribeca CSA Newsletter — Week 16

In Weekly Newsletter on September 30, 2009 at 8:39 PM


Haven’t RSVP’d for the Harvest Dinner yet? The potluck picnic is scheduled for Sunday, October 18th, 4-6pm, at the park! Potluck sign-ups and RSVP either at distribution or via email to

Next Week’s Work Shift:

The people doing workshifts on October 6th are:

2 – 4:30pm: Reema F. & Tania M.
4 – 6:30pm: Barbara S. & Emily S.

As always, you can check the work shift schedule anytime by looking at the Work Shift Calendar!

Vegetable Highlight: Parsnips

parsnipsThe parsnip is a root vegetable related to the carrot. Parsnips resemble carrots, but are paler than most of them and have a stronger flavor. Parsnips can be boiled, roasted, microwaved or used in stews, soups and casseroles. In some cases, the parsnip is boiled and the solid portions are removed from the soup or stew, leaving behind a more subtle flavor than the whole root and contributing starch to thicken the dish. Parsnips can also be fried and can be eaten raw, although raw parsnips are not very popular. When the Roman Empire expanded north through Europe, the Romans brought the parsnip with them. They found that parsnips grew bigger the farther north they went.

Recipe: Parsnip “Fries”

  • Parsnips, tops and bottoms cut off and peeled, sliced in half crosswise and then sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss parsnips with oil and salt and pepper. Spread in single layer on 2 baking sheets. Roast for 10 minutes, then rotate sheets 180 degrees. Continue roasting for another 15 minutes, until parsnips are tender and golden brown.

Other Recipes:

Tribeca CSA Newsletter – Week 9

In Weekly Newsletter on August 13, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Thanks for bringing in bags and egg cartons. Please keep them coming!


As we approach mid-season we would love to see some photos you’ve been taking of the vegetables, fruits, and eggs, and especially your summer culinary creations! Every week we’re hoping to post a “Photo of the week” submitted by a Tribeca CSA member.

This week we are very excited that our delivery included some long awaited SQUASH BLOSSOMS –  send around your recipes and serving tips! We figured out that Google Groups is the best way for us to communicate with announcements as well as exchange recipes. To keep things organized and searchable, we will categorize the recipes by ingredients so the posts can thread that way. Simply reply to a post to link your recipe with the others!

Why are pears harvested green?  Check out the Pear tipsheet from Just Food. 

Cheese share reminder:

First cheese distribution is next week!

Interested in helping with CSA Events? Please email!

Next Week’s Work Shift:

The people doing workshifts on August 18th are:

2-4:30: Vasudev G. and Michelle G.
4-6:30: Guendalina H. and Janna T.

Vegetable Highlight: Squash Blossoms

squashblossomsSquash blossoms (also sometimes called “zucchini flowers”) are cheap and plentiful in Latin America, where they are called flores de calabaza, but around here they’re mostly a farmers’ market delicacy.  Nutritionally, the flowers are similar to lettuce; you’d have to eat a lot to get much out of them. Aesthetically, however, they can bring a dish to life with a splash of color and texture. Depending on who you ask, they taste like popcorn or something slightly sweet and nutty; or, more poetically, like pure summer and squash perfume.  There are many ways to cook and enjoy these beauties—fried, baked, souped-up or stuffed.

Now, when it comes to squash blossoms, there is one very important but simple question: is it a boy or a girl?

Male blossoms grow from the branches of the squash; female blossoms bear fruit. Male blossoms will be downy, even hairy to the touch; female blossoms will have a soft, fleshy ovary center behind the blossom—which develops into the fruit; the male won’t.

Why is this important?  Well, it may be a matter of taste. Some say the male blossom is preferable because the lump of squash ovary is not there. Easier to prepare and eat.  Others say the female blossom is not only plump but succulent. This fruitier blossom is delectable.  One thing is for certain, there are more male flowers than female flowers on each plant, and the male flowers keep longer. Fruitier female squash blossoms spoil quickly and should be prepared and served on the same day they are picked. Male blossoms will keep a few days.  Male blossoms appear first. The female flower will contain a 4-part pistil in the center.

Store: Squash blossoms are very perishable. Arrange them on paper towel lined tray, refrigerate and use within one day.  Male blossoms will keep for 1 week at 50ºF (10°C) and 2 to 4 days at 40ºF (4°C). Chilling injury will occur if held for several days at temperatures below 50ºF (10°C).  You can also freeze, can, pickle, or dry squash blossoms. If cooked, blossoms will store in the freezer for 6 to 8 months.

Prepare: Open and inspect squash blossoms for insects before using them. Pull off and discard the green calyxes surrounding the bottom of the blossom. Clean blossoms by gently swishing them in a bowl of cold water. Shake them dry. Trim or snip out the anthers or style.

Serve: Use squash blossoms as a garnish raw on crêpes, green salads, fruit salads, soups, and quesadillas.

Recipe: Squash Blossom Quesadilla

Delicate flores de calabaza (squash blossoms) are delicious in quesadillas, soups, and tacos or simply battered and fried on their own.

  • 2  8″ flour tortillas
  • 1 cup grated queso oaxaca, a creamy Mexican string cheese
  • 5 fresh squash blossoms
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • Salsa

1. Top one flour tortilla with 1/2 cup grated cheese. Trim squash blossoms and remove and discard their stamens. Arrange squash blossoms over the cheese, overlapping them slightly. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese and tortilla.

2. Heat canola oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Cook quesadilla, flipping once, until cheese is melted and quesadilla is golden brown on both sides, 4–5 minutes in all. Transfer to a plate, cut into quarters, and serve immediately, with salsa, if you like.

Other recipes:

Tribeca CSA Newsletter – Week 6

In Weekly Newsletter on July 21, 2009 at 11:33 PM

Hello CSAers,

Now that the CSA is off to a great start we’re introducing weekly newsletters. Since our farmer is Spanish speaking and new to CSAs we are trying to figure out how to keep everyone informed effectively.

The blog is updated regularly by several CSA members with articles, recipes and news. To contribute please contact or leave comments on the relevant posts. You can also subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed to add our blog to your RSS reader! The feed URL is:

We want to hear from you and are working on a mid-season survey to get feedback in an organized manner. If you’d like to help with this please email


It’s great that so many of you came to pick up your shares even in today’s horrible weather! Your fellow CSAers will be there working the distribution no matter what, so please do come even if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Regarding today’s Fruit Share: We will inquire with Pedro regarding today’s share quantity and get back to you.

Next Week’s Work Shift:

The people doing workshifts on July 28th are:

2 – 4:30pm: Ellen H. & Kyra G.
4 – 6:30pm: Prue C. & Gigi L.C.

Vegetable Highlight: Cilantro

Ok so it’s not a vegetable, but we figured since we get it every week everyone would be happy to get more information and new ideas for how to use and store it!

Cilantro Basics: Cilantro is also referred to as Coriander or Chinese Parsley. It has a very strong odor and although it is more common to use just the leaves, the stems and leaves have different (though similar) flavors and some recipes call for the stems. The leaves resemble Italian parsley and the two herbs are actually related. Cilantro is commonly used in Asian, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean cooking.

Growing Cilantro: Did you know that you can easily grow cilantro in a windowsill? Just in case any of you could use even more cilantro than the bunch we get each week, you can easily plant one from the bunch. This is would be ideal to do on a week when we get it with the roots still attached! All it needs is full sun and some watering.

Storing Cilantro: As we shared before, the best way to keep fresh herbs is in a cup of water in the fridge. Surprisingly though, cilantro can also be frozen! You can freeze it in a freezer bag by just squeezing out the air and popping it in the freezer. Defrosted cilantro is not great to use raw, so save it for cooked dishes where the texture won’t matter as much.

Some uses:

There are lots of sauces, glazes, salsas, etc that use cilantro. Here are a few interesting recipes to try:

Some main dishes using cilantro:

How about trying an Indian dish? Here’s a recipe for Kottimeera Pachadi, ie Cilantro Chutney

Or how about drinking it?


Mango Peach Salsa

Mango Peach Salsa

A great accompaniment to fish, chips, or simply served on bread

  • 2 ripe peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • A few sprigs of cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, agave, or honey
  • Salt (optional)

1) Mix all ingredients together
2) Let salsa rest in fridge for 1 hour before serving

Two more recipes

In Recipes on July 16, 2009 at 7:37 AM

Check these out for some other CSA ingredients: