Category Archives: Produce Info

Ya’ll, It’s Kohlrabi Time

January 24th, 2014

It’s lovely to see Kohlrabi in the Urban Acres shares this weekend. People have been raving about the nutritional value of this great vegetable in Europe, where they have been extremely popular for centuries. This veggie won popularity because of its hardiness to tolerate frost and because of its longevity after being picked.

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Iovine Brothers

Kohlrabi looks like a root growing above ground. Some people even compared it to a UFO before. There must be some truth to the name seeing this vegetable somewhat levitating above ground.

DIY Network

DIY Network

Kohlrabi has a tennis ball size swollen stem above ground. Its outer layer is very hardy to protect it from the elements and this is why it is recommended to peel with a vegetable peeler before preparing.

Popular ways to prepare this veggie

Slice it thin and eat it raw: you can sprinkle with oil and sea salt, or toss it in salads.carrot kohlrabi salad

Shredded Kohlrabi and Carrot Salad

Roast it: the sweetness of this vegetable releases in the oven therefore it is a huge crowd pleaser. Try it as fries instead of potatoes.

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In a Soup: the most popular way to eat this veggie in Eastern Europe. Please, enjoy Urban Acres team member, Barbara’s recipe handed down for generations.

Hungarian Kohlrabi Soup

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Lakoma

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads of kohlrabi
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • salt

Directions:

  1. Clean the kohlrabi of its outer layer and chop it into small pieces.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot, salt and sauté kohlrabi until soft.
  3. Sprinkle with flour and keep cooking for a few minutes.
  4. Add water to have the consistency of a soup.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes.
  6. Add chopped parsley.
  7. Mix in sour cream right before serving.

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Let us know which preparation method was your favorite.

Cauliflower ~ An NBA Player’s “Favorite”

January 10th, 2014

Today, Barbara Bailey, our Marketing Coordinator at Urban Acres, shares her experience introducing a much disliked vegetable – cauliflower- to her son. Barbara remembers…

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Barbara’s son, Zadok

My son had a love for basketball from a young age, but like many other small kids, he was hesitant to taste vegetables that he didn’t find appealing.

I was always aware of the fantastic health benefits of cauliflower. It’s high in dietary fiber, folate, and Vitamin C.  But since my son wasn’t very interested in eating this great vegetable raw, I had to figure out a way to make him like it.

The Master Plan…

So to encourage my son to eat cauliflower, I had to make up a little white lie. One evening at dinner time I argued, “But it’s Michael Jordan’s favorite!” My son, being a huge Jordan fan, looked at me with a twinkle in his eyes and as if magic happened, he ate the whole plate of carefully chopped-up raw cauliflower. I was amazed, excited, and promised to keep my secret forever. My son is fifteen now, plays basketball, and still eats cauliflower raw. Because “It’s Michael Jordan’s favorite!”

Other delicious ways to help kids try this veggie…

Make it as a soup.

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 Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Pretend it’s mashed potatoes.

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Mashed Cauliflower

PS. My son, being an adolescent boy now, doesn’t read blogs.  So if you see him in town, please don’t tell him my secret!

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Thanks, Barbara! Your secret is safe with us. If you have a great story about teaching your children how to try and love fruits and vegetables, let us know. We would love to hear your story!

Bok Choy, Another Super Food

December 26th, 2013
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Image: girlcooksworld.com

Members at Urban Acres have been seeing bok choy in their co-op style produce shares lately. This leafy green superfood has been cultivated by the Chinese for 5,000 years. We’re excited to be able to work with organic farmers who provide us with this great tasting vegetable.

Many of us have a hard time deciding the best way to prepare this traditional Asian veggie. Try these four different methods to bring out the unique flavor and texture of bok choy…

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In a Soup

It’s the perfect time the year for hearty soups. The tender bok choy leaves give a savory taste and aroma to this Baby Bok Choy and Beef Noodle Soup with Warm Spices.

 

 

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Seared and Stir Fried

Simply prepared, bok choy can create a delicious side dish. Try this great Baby Bok Choy flavored with ginger and red pepper flakes.

 

 

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Wilted for Breakfast

This Greens, Eggs, and Hash recipe by health coach Kim Wilson will provide a healthy breakfast for the whole family on a slow Sunday morning.

 

 

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In a Salad

Baby bok choy is tender enough to eat in salads. This Thai Steak and Bok Choy Salad brings out the delicate taste of this leafy green.

 

 

 

If you’re looking for other recipe inspirations, follow us on Pinterest.

Oranges ~ Did You Know?

December 19th, 2013

Oranges are more than just a good tasting snack that give an extra tang to recipes. Just one orange supplies 116% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C.

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Image: abcnews.com

Do you know about these other amazing benefits of oranges?

  • Improve Mood: they contain Vitamin B6, which helps the production of serotonin in the brain therefore making us happier.

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  • Constipation reliever: their acidity has an alkaline effect in the digestive system which stimulates the digestive juices and relieves constipation.
  • Strengthen the immune system: their anti-oxidants reduce inflammation and effectively fight against viruses and bacteria.
  • Prevent High Blood Pressure: they contain potassium and are sodium free, making them a perfect food item to have a healthy heart.
  • Prevent Arteriosclerosis: Vitamin C in oranges (if eaten regularly) slows the hardening process of arteries.
  • Repair damaged sperm: Vitamin C has been found to protect sperm from genetic damage that otherwise can cause birth defects.
  • Healthy Bones: they are a great source of Magnesium (a mineral required for the absorption of Calcium in the body) maintaining healthy teeth and bones.
  • Cancer fighter: they contain Limonoids that stay in the blood stream for 24 hours after consumption. Limonoids are know for their cancer fighting powers.

Fun Fact…

      • There are over 600 different types of oranges in the world. The most popular ones are:

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Hamlin, Pineapple, Temple Oranges,
Washington NavelRed Cara Navel
Blood Oranges, Amber sweet
Moro Orange, Jaffa,
Persian Variety, Parson Brown.

 

 

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Black Radish – Say What?

December 12th, 2013

The black color of Spanish Radishes has been an interesting addition to culinary cuisine. Our co-op style produce shares will be happily decorated with this extremely nutritious vegetable this weekend. This lovely root has been a favorite of European cooks for centuries, and if you have an ancestor from the other side of the Atlantic, you might have already tasted this flavorful vegetable.

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Black Spanish radishes are a winter vegetable that bestows the eater with many nutritional benefits – they’re a good source of vitamin C, sulfur, fibers, and vitamin B and are thought to promote digestive health, detoxify the liver, boost the immune system, and fight aging.

Now, the only question you might have is how to get rid of the sharpness or spiciness of this radish. The most popular (and easiest) way to do this is:

  • Slice the radish with a mandoline or cut it really thin
  • Salt and let stand for 10 minutes
  • Serve it on sandwiches

These recipes are also loved by many:

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 Black Radish Salad

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 Roasted Black Radishes

Storage Tips:

How to keep radishes fresh: 

  • DO separate radishes from greens
  • DO rinse them in cold water
  • PUT paper towel in a glass jar (you can also use a Ziploc bag), add wet radishes, and put additional paper towel on top

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We’ll have additional bunches at the Farmstead this weekend for you to pick up. Enjoy.

Partnerships That Count

December 6th, 2013
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We love the white flake decoration at the Farmstead

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Snow and ice on the ground can halt life in our big city, but how does bad weather affect the farmers that we work with at Urban Acres? In short, it greatly affects them, and your partnership really matters.

Because of your commitment to local, fresh, organic food, we’ve been able to build numerous relationships with farmers in the Dallas area who count on us purchasing produce from them and even plant crops especially for us. Some of these smaller farms don’t have the opportunity to serve grocery store chains or even insure their crops. We’re extremely fortunate to know these farmers personally – we’ve met their families and been to their farms so we can see exactly where our food comes from. We have a commitment to these farmers just as much as they are committed to growing excellent produce for us.

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The Morrisons

Here’s a great example – last week, the radishes in our co-op style produce shares from Morrison Organic Farm had no leaves due to a cold front.  Thankfully, these radishes were saved from frostbite because of being underground, but younger radish plants did not survive the cold. Even though the Morrisons lost most of their crop, they kept a positive spirit and are ready for new planting possibilities.  Says Cindy Morrison, “We are excited to be able to save some of the crop for UA members.”

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So, we just wanted to thank you for your partnership, especially in times of crazy weather and changed delivery schedules. If we stick together, farmers can continue doing what they love most, and we can rest assured that we’re receiving the freshest organic produce available in Texas.