Season Change Into Summer

This is the first time we have had romaine and lettuces this far into the season, but all things must end! There will still be some escarole and endive, however. Here are some ideas for how to use it when one no longer has romaine, lettuces, and chois to make a salad. The escarole and curly frisée endive are both bitter greens. I am told that the more bitter the green, the better it is for the liver; the stimulation of bile flow is important to break down fats.

Like the lady in the video below, I too grew up in the Mid-west, but our vegetables DID NOT come from a can! On the other hand, I never had escarole until we started growing it for our CSA. Same thing goes for the endive! Seed catalogues are enticing with their offerings and Robert loves to try and grow new items.

Escarole is in the chicory family.

From the MasterClass online I found these five ways to serve frisée (curly endive). Frisée’s bitterness allows it to complement and balance richer flavors.

Add frisée to a sandwich with whole-grain mustard for a slightly bitter note. Or, make a hot salad by pairing frisée with bacon, eggs, and diced onions topped with a mustard vinaigrette. Or, for a cold salad serve frisée with slices of peaches or diced orange slices and top with walnuts and blue cheese dressing! Or, for a side dish, toss frisée with a vinaigrette made from roasted fowl or pork drippings and rice wine vinegar. Or, saute frisée in olive oil with finely chopped garlic cloves. Once cooked, it can be stored in the refrigerator and used as a garnish or snack if you are so inclined!

Curly Endive or Frisée

I got an email this week which asked “I’m curious, what exactly are the oddly shaped round things, with ridgy edges?” Obviously, I have dropped the ball when it comes to writing Blogs! In the boxes this last week and next week, and hopefully for the foreseeable future, are patty pan squash, some zephyr squash, and zucchini in green & deep yellow.

The patty pan squash have cool names like lemon, sun burst, star ship, Y-star, and other unidentified varieties!

This is our first year for growing the zephyr summer squash. The zephyr looks somewhat similar to a yellow crookneck squash but actually a cross between the Delicata and yellow Acorn winter squashes. They are they longish squash which are greenish on the bottom and yellow on the top.

The hurricane seems to be going to miss WNC for the most part which is a very good thing! We can handle up to 3/4 of an inch of rain at one time, but more than that or that amount for days on end is most destructive to the garden!