Leeks

Season: autumn – spring Taste: sweet Botanical relatives: chives, garlic, onions, shallots Weight: light – medium Volume: quiet Techniques: boil, braise, fry, grill, roast, steam Tips: add early in cooking process I have a fond memory of leeks. The last time I visited my homeland, Poland,  I was about 6 years old. I have vague…

Fiddlehead Ferns

Season: spring Taste: bitter Weight: medium Volume: moderate loud techniques/tips: always serve cooked: blanch, boil, saute, steam  

Cauliflower

Season: autumn – winter Taste: astringent Botanical relatives: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi Function: cooling Weight: medium volume : moderate Techniques: boil, braise, deep-fry, gratin, puree, raw, roast, saute, simmer, steam The second top-middle photo is pizza crust…made of CAULIFLOWER! Buffalo ‘Cauliflower’ wings! BBQ Cauliflower! Mashed Cauliflower! Roasted Cauliflower! WOW! The endless…

Fava Beans

(AKA Broad Beans, Horse Beans) Season: spring – summer Taste: bitter Weight: light – medium Volume: moderate Techniques: boil, puree, simmer

Asparagus, White

Season: spring Weight: light Volume: quiet – moderate Techniques: blanch, boil, saute, steam Tips: covered to deprive it of sunlight while growing, lighter in flavor and texture than green asparagus

Asparagus

Season: spring Weight: light – medium Volume: moderate Techniques: blanch, boil, deep-fry, grill, pan roast, simmer, steam, stir fry