As you can tell with the changes in the box, we are moving towards our late summer/early fall abundance of heavy, juicy, brightly colored items! We're happy to put our first watermelon of the year in your box this week - perfect for the hot weather in this week's forecast. Our melons are a mix of "Sunshine" which are green on the outside and yellow on the inside and Golden Midget, which are yellow on the outside and red on the inside. (What the heck? I know - those are bizarre names AND the wrong colors for watermelon!)
After a little taste test and found that the Sunshine were juicier and sweeter while the Golden Midget were "meatier" with a pronounced "watermelon" flavor. At first we thought Sunshine were better, but due to the delicious aftertaste of Golden Midget, we think it's a tie.
Storing & Preparing Eggplant:
While eggplant does not store as well as other items, it can be kept in a plastic bag in the fridge for a short while. The fresher the eggplant, the tastier your meal!
To prepare eggplant, remove the top stem as well as the very bottom base. Then the whole rest of the eggplant is delicious as it is. Cut eggplant does oxidize and turn brown if not cooked immediately. This is normal and will not affect the flavor at all.
Eggplant is very easy to cook. Try adding it to stir fries or pasta. Chop the whole thing up (peel and all) and then simply sauté it with a little garlic or onion. Cover about 20 minutes or so, until tender, adding quicker cooking vegetables later in the cooking process.
It's also great thinly sliced, brushed with oil, and grilled, and it can be baked or roasted as well.
Like salsa verde? Well you have tomatillos to thank for that.
Though tomatillos are in the same family as tomatoes they develop in a papery husk, remaining green (sometimes purple!) even when fully ripe, and tend to have a tart, citrusy flavor. The fruit is most often cooked to develop its flavor, but can be used raw in salads, guacamole or as a garnish.
Storing & Preparing:
To store your tomatillos, leave the husks intact and refrigerate.
After husking you can eat tomatillos raw or boil them, but the most common (and most flavorful) way to prepare them is to roast or grill them.
HOT PEPPER MIX
This week's hot pepper mix includes Serrano, jalapeno, and cayenne peppers. According to the Scoville Hot Pepper Scale, cayenne is the spiciest in your mix, followed by Serrano, and then jalapenos. If you're curious
about where other peppers fall on the hotness scale, check out the
Cayenne are easy to distinguish - they are long, red, and skinny while the other two peppers in the mix are both green. Jalapenos are shorter and more squat while Serrano peppers are a little longer and thinner.
And the cucumbers and watermelons are also in the same family - Cucurbitaceae