Boun­ti­ful Bras­si­cas

Don’t miss these fall veg­gies

The Review - - Obituaries - By Emily Ryan

“What IS that?” asked a skep­ti­cal shop­per at the West Ch­ester Grow­ers Mar­ket, point­ing to a spiky, lime-green cru­cif­er­ous veg­gie.

“Ro­manesco,” the smil­ing ven­dor replied. Then he ex­plained more and made the sale.

Like broc­coli and cau­li­flower, it’s part of the bras­sica fam­ily.

“Peo­ple are crazy about bras­si­cas right now, and so am I,” said Emma Cun­niff of Knee­high Farm, a CSA (com­mu­nity-sup­ported agri­cul­ture) and farm­stand in Pottstown. “I think bras­si­cas are un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated be­cause they’re usu­ally cooked in a way that isn’t ap­pe­tiz­ing.”

Think limp broc­coli, and you get the idea. Done right, bras­si­cas have a “sweet, spicy, umami fla­vor,” she de­scribed. Plus, they’re fiber­rich, nu­tri­ent- dense and “super-hardy.”

“They’re not as scary as they seem. You can in­cor­po­rate them into a lot of the meals you’re al­ready mak­ing,” agreed Frank Kurylo of Kim­ber­ton CSA, who also sells at the Lans­dale Farm­ers’ Mar­ket. “If you’re try­ing to ex­plore new foods and new bras­si­cas, CSAs and farm­ers’ mar­kets are great places to go be­cause you’ll find va­ri­eties you won’t get in the su­per­mar­ket.” Ever tasted kohlrabi? “It’s a lot sweeter than you’d think,” he added. “You can treat it like you would a cab­bage and get a lit­tle sweeter out­come.”

Cab­bage is an­other bras­sica. So are kale, col­lard greens, Brus­sels sprouts, turnips and rutaba­gas.

“Bras­si­cas are usu­ally a lot yum­mier if you’re eat­ing lo­cally in the fall, so this is the time to dig in!” Cun­niff said.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF WOLFF’S AP­PLE HOUSE

Try this sim­ple, fla­vor­ful com­bi­na­tion of broc­coli, cherry toma­toes, ba­con and Parme­san.

PHOTO BY EMILY RYAN

Freshly picked cab­bage fills a mar­ket bin.

PHOTO BY EMILY RYAN

Ro­manesco has “kind of a nutty fla­vor al­most,” says Frank Kurylo of Kim­ber­ton CSA.

PHOTO BY EMILY RYAN

Find kohlrabi now at area farm­ers’ mar­kets.

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