Spring into Mid-Year

Can you believe we are on Week 26 so are half way through the year? If you have any feedback – the good, the bad and the ugly – do let us know as we would love a mid-year review!

This is the first time we have produce from a new site called “The Old Orchard” at Perry Court: spring onions. Although no chemicals have been applied to the land for a number of years, the site is classed as “in conversion” as it still takes two yaers to gain organic certification.

Spring onions also known as scallion has many health benefits, such as lowering risk of coronary heart disease and blood cholesterol levels. The vitamin C contained also boosts immunity.

We’ve suggested making soup out of many different vegetables but have you thought about spring onion soup? It uses minimal ingredients to bring out the best of spring onions. Or you could try the fancier version on Guardian’s spring onions recipes by Ottolenghi awhile back. Or try an easy peasy potato spring onion curry or attempting some spring onion pakora.

For a brilliant use of broad beans, cherry tomatoes, spring onions and garlic in your box, why not try this broad beans with tomatoes and anchovies recipe or this broad bean salad? For the latter, purslane would be an ideal substitute for samphire with its succulent bite, or land cress for a fiery alternative. Not so challenging after all to use up lots of vegetables from your box! And similarly, try this quirky broad bean, spring onion and lemon cheesecake if you are adventurous (think of it as a very cheesy quiche) and finish off with a mound of land cress.

And a handy tip in case you didn’t know: after boiling broad beans, remember to pop the beans out of their skins before using. And as for purslane, what the heck is it? For the fact it is a weed, sorry we meant salad, and not a fish it certainly punches above its weight, being high in omega-3 fat, Vit E and beta-carotene. Not sure what to do with it? Check out this most enlightening post on purslane!

As for your spring greens, summer is perfect weather for some garlicky chilli prawn linguine with spring greens. For more details on land cress (great substitute to the more familiar summer watercress, and hardier so grows right through the winter) and suggestions for how to eat it, have a look at our Easter post.

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Bakers, Kent
* Broad Beans, Kent
* Spring Onions, Perry Court
* Spring Greens, Perry Court
Purslane, Perry Court
Carrot Bunch, Norfolk
Cherry Tomatoes, Spain
Garlic, Spain

Small Box
Items marked with (*) above
+ Mini Cucumber, Perry Court

No-Potato Substitute
Landcress, Perry Court

Fruit Supplement
Lemons, Spain (standard only)
Avocado, Spain


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