Shamrock shakes, green bagels, emerald-hued beers…St. Patrick’s day must be near! Whether you choose to celebrate along the South Boston parade route or with a hearty plate of Colcannon, it’s a time when everyone can experience the luck of the Irish. And lucky you are when you receive the fresh green treasures in this week’s boxes. (You may even spy some gold!)
Though you may not find a four-leaved clover in your Boston Organics box, we think that the tiny (and, admit it, adorable) leaves of organic clover sprouts will be a pretty darn tasty consolation prize. These little guys lend a gentle crunch and fresh flavor to any recipe, whether you choose to include them in a salad, sandwich or roll them into Raw Collard Green Wraps. As newly growing plants, sprouts contain high concentrations of nutrients. Clover sprouts, like other sprouted legumes, are a great source of vitamin C and fiber, as well as vitamin K. Sprouts are also prized for their antioxidant properties.
As an added perk, this week's sprouts are locally grown in Rochester, MA. Jonathan’s Sprouts grows several varieties of sprouts in greenhouses using fine-tuned methods to meet the needs of each plant variety. Seeds are tested for quality and safety on arrival, and Jonathan’s tests wastewater from the sprouts at several points during production to assure quality.
Winter Moon Farm will bring us verdant local veggies this week in the form of green meat radishes. These roots are a special variety of daikon radishes. As the name suggests, the flesh is a pale green near the top, and can be white towards the bottom. They are similar in shape to the more familiar daikon, but have a spicier flavor. The sweet-hot flavor of the organic radishes shines in this recipe for Kohlrabi with Radish and Spring Onion. If you're curious about other varieties of radishes, check out our blog for more information.
Mangoes from the End of the Rainbow
The pot of gold may be coming right to your door this year, without any of that tricking-a-leprechaun business. Boxes this week will include deep yellow Ataulfo mangoes. Ataulfos are smaller than the more familiar Tommy Atkins or Kent mangoes, with a thinner pit to match. The Ataulfos’ creamy flesh is sweet and delicious, with none of the fibers that send us searching for the floss. Be sure to let your Ataulfo mangoes ripen fully for maximum delicousness. You can tell when they are ready when the skin starts to get a little wrinkly. Eat these beauties as-is (though watch out for a juicy trickle heading down your arm) for a special treat, or make a batch of Mango Habanero Hot Sauce to bring more heat to these early spring days.
Just in case you need a bit more green for your St. Patrick’s day festivities, give this recipe for Homemade Green Food Coloring a try.
See below to find out what's local this week:
This Week's Local Produce
Dwight Miller and Son Orchards
All of the fruits and vegetables we deliver are grown without synthetic pesticides and are USDA certified organic. Interested in receiving produce that's both organic and locally sourced all year round? Check out our Local Dogma Box.
Similar to a CSA or farm share, our Local Dogma Box is filled with the best organic produce from local and regional farms and brought right to your door each week. It's the easiest way to eat like a locavore!