Keen for Greens: What’s New at the Greenmarkets

Jeanne Hodesh of Greenmarkets tells us what green goodies to look for while we’re waiting for spring produce to arrive.

Has the lack of greens been making you feel blue? Us, too. So to whet our appetites for the arrival of all that luscious fresh spring produce (any day now!), we asked Jeanne Hodesh of Greenmarkets to give us the lowdown on what’s available at the markets right now.

To tide you over until the real spring greens arrive, try some broccoli rabe, kale and collards that have been sweetening in the ground all winter. There’s also plenty of arugula, chives and baby spinach around, as well as greenhouse greens like mizuna and mustard greens.

You may have read on our very own pages about the beauty of ramps, which are gradually appearing in the markets and on our plates. Jeanne recommends roasting them in olive oil and a little salt until they turn into ramp ‘fries’. Delicious!

While we’re waiting for asparagus and rhubarb to arrive (rumor has it the former has made some cameo appearances at a few markets already, but the latter is still a month or so away) there are sweet pea tendrils and bundles of fresh herbs. And if you look carefully you might even find stinging nettles, watercress and peppercress. Happy hunting!

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