Saturday, May 13, 2012
What I Bought
These strawberries, from Maryland’s Eastern Shore, across the Chesapeake Bay from here, were from a farm that started harvesting berries four weeks earlier this year than usual, due to the exceptionally warm winter. With the arrival of strawberry season, my thoughts turn to one of my favorite unconventional uses of this fruit: strawberry mustard.
red leaf and (below) green leaf lettuce
These massive, densely packed heads of lettuce, larger than a basketball, were extraordinarily fresh and succulent and yielded a large salad a day for two weeks.
red and white hakurei turnips
When I was a teenager, I read Tobacco Road, Erskine Caldwell’s grim novel about deeply impoverished sharecroppers in Georgia in the Great Depression. What I remember about the book is that the characters are utterly depraved and they subsist on little more than turnips. I wouldn’t touch a turnip for years after reading that book — until I discovered hakurei (aka Tokyo) turnips. I describe how to turn anyone into a turnip lover here.