I went to my favorite farmer’s market last Wednesday. I’m so excited that the good tomatoes and greens are out. I always find SOMETHING I’ve never heard of and of course, I have to buy it and try to cook it…as per the instructions of the seller.I came across a huge stand that sold….no lie….8 different kinds of kale. They all looked different and were from different parts of the world. I asked the guy about them and he proceeded to regale me about the history and flavor differences.
The problem was, I didn’t have a pen and paper with me to write it all down. I bought 2 different kinds and cooked them EXACTLY as I cook my regular kale. I figured any “scientific” experiment needs a constant, right? Mine was a touch of olive oil, shallots and garlic with some red pepper flakes and oregano thrown in.
I’ll have to get back to you on the names of them, as I don’t remember. BUT, one tasted like broccoli and the other, although similar to regular kale, had a chewier consistency. Both were very good. I’ll head back there Wednesday and let you know the names. I’ll be buying a couple more kinds to try, as well.
Get the strawberries. They’re fabulous this year, as are the heirloom cherry tomatoes. The purple and orange ones are the sweetest. Surprisingly enough, the red ones taste almost dull in comparison. Weird, huh?
Talk to you later,