White is the New Black

No racist undertones intended (just in case) but we are bringing to you white radish (daikon) and white sprouting broccoli – a gourmet treat that you will virtually never find in the supermarket.

Apart from being expensive, the stuff that passes for sprouting broccoli in the supermarkets can be bitter as it is often not super fresh. And the taste of fresh purple sprouting broccoli is only beaten by the flavour of the sweet white variety, so move over purple!

With creamy and succulent white tender spears that has a mild flavour and melt-in-the-mouth quality, it will please most palettes, so simply steam or lightly boil the spears for a delicious spring treat (yes, we are officially in summer but really?!?).

We quote from a must-read article by Nigel Slater on white sprouting broccoli:

“The real difference comes in the cooking. Even more fragile than its mauve-tipped namesake, white sprouting needs to be in the pot for an even shorter time. Beware of its fragility when you are putting the ivory stalks on the plate: they need a respectful hand. The flavour is, if it is any different at all, slightly more subtle and less cabbagey than its mauve sister. If you can catch the florets before they overcook – and you might not if you are distracted for even a few seconds – you will be rewarded with a vegetable that exudes gentle charm.”

Some cooking suggestions are:

As for the white radish also known as daikon, check out this top 10 ways to enjoy daikon radish. One of the suggestions is to make Chinese radish “cake” so here’s a recipe – use lardons if you can’t find the necessary Asian meat ingredients. And whilst we are on  the Chinese theme why not try a spicy white radish salad. Or you could try shredding it along with carrots and beetroot for a beautiful rainbow coleslaw. Or slice into a salad along with grapefruit/orange segments.

For more ideas on how to eat the vegetables in this week’s box, try searching on our webpage for past blogs!

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Maris Piper, Lincs
* Carrots, Scotland
* White Radish, Perry Court
* White Sprouting Broccoli, Yorks
* Beetroot, Lancs
Broccoli, Kent
Parsley, Perry Court
Tomatoes, Spain

Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Spinach, Perry Court

Fruit Supplement
Oranges, Spain (standard only)
Grapefruit, Spain

 

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