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Winter CSA #4

In This Box:  Carrots, Golden Beets, Butternut Squash,Lacinato Kale, Garlic, Shallots, Kohlrabi, RadicchioTardivo, Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes Chard, Leeks and Hakurei Turnips 

The lovely white stemmed, red leaved vegetable in the box this week is Radicchio Tardivo, a very close relative of Belgian Endive.  We grow the plant out in the field all summer, let it die back in the cold, then transplant the root and crown of the plant into a pot in a warm, dark room, where it grows again over the course of a couple weeks.  This is called forcing, and the lack of light leads to those beautiful white stalks.  We love this vegetable in salads, but our children just snack on them, they have a very pleasing crunch.  We really look forward to this vegetable during the time of year where salad greens become scarce and we are eating a lot more salads composed largely of shredded root vegetables.  We love that sort of salad, but something reminiscent of lettuce is a welcome treat.  We hope you will agree.

Happy Eating,

The Calliope Crew