A weekly update from Boston Organics.
We’re finally getting the beautiful spring weather that we all deserve after surviving a cold and bitter winter. While we trade the snow shovels for sunglasses, our farmers have been tirelessly working to get caught up with the changing seasons.
Fava Beans: A Boston Organics First
For the first time in our 13 years as a company, we’re offering our All-Vegetable Box customers fresh fava beans.
Organic fava beans are a rare spring treat because their growing season is short and they don’t usually store or travel particularly well. We recommend keeping the pods in the crisper drawer of your fridge and eating them within three days.
Like artichokes or shelling peas, fava beans require a little extra work to prepare, but they’re well worth it in the end. One cup of boiled favas contains over 12 grams of protein and less than one gram of fat. They’re also a good source of folate and manganese. But most importantly, fava beans are totally delicious.
Favas can be peeled and then boiled, blanched and then peeled, mashed into a hummus or mixed with pasta. With the nice weather ahead, we really like the idea of grilling the pods on the BBQ.
Because these are a new item, we are categorizing them as shelling peas for the sake of the No-List. If you want to try these delicious beans, make sure to update your No-List so that "Peas-Shelling" is unchecked.
Spring Fruits & Veggies
A few of the spring vegetables we’re used to seeing this time of year—like asparagus—are still a couple weeks behind, but we have several spring favorites to keep our bellies full on these gorgeous sunny days.
The first organic cantaloupe of the year is on its way into the All-Fruit boxes and over half of the Boston Organics Community will find a juicy mango in their deliveries this week. The spring broccoli harvest is in full swing, and we just tested this recipe for Broccoli and Cheddar Frittata. It’s an easy dish to make and a satisfying entrée for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
We also have a nice harvest of Pixie tangerines to share this week. Though their peel may look a little pebbly, Pixies are easy to peel and are almost always seedless. Abate Fetel pears make another special appearance in a few of the boxes this week. If you missed last week’s blog post on these incredibly sweet pears, you can catch yourself up here.