Week 2 of Field Goods

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Another week, another Field Goods delivery! I made some slaw with the kohlrabi from last week that came out great.

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In the bag this week

Mozzarella Cheese
R&G Cheesemakers, Cohoes, NY

Last night I made a delicious sourdough pizza featuring this mozzarella cheese.

Rhubarb
Samascott Orchards, Kinderhook, NY

Braising Mix: Kale, Chard, Spinach, Bok Choy, Mustard, Turnip & Beet Greens
Markristo Farm, Hillsdale, NY

Sugar Snap Peas
Migliorelli Farm, Tivoli, NY

Lettuce
Whistledown Farm (Claverack, NY) or Migliorelli Farm (Tivoli, NY)

Purslane
Rexcroft Farm, Athens, NY

What’s Purslane?

Purslane is a succulent with thick round leaves, which are high in omega-3 (alpha-linolenic) fatty acids, even more so than fish oil. 100 grams of fresh purslane leaves provide about 350 mg of alpha-linolenic acid. Omega-3s are important for heart health by possibly reducing the risk for heart disease and stroke.

Purslane is also rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. It is high in Vitamin A: 100 g provides about 44% of the RDA. Vitamin A is an antioxidant, it also plays an important role in eye and skin health. Purslane is also a great source of vitamin C; B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine; and carotenoids. It is also a good source of the important minerals iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese.

Purslane leaves can be eaten raw, in salads, sautéed or used in soups or stews.

Recipes

Purslane and avocado tacos with pico de gallo

Purslane soup with potatoes

Mexican pork with purslane