July 28, 2010: This week’s featured fruits and vegetables are: watermelon, potatoes, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, Swiss chard, onion, corn and herb.
Too many potatoes? Cook them lightly and store them in the frig for the week. You can make potato salad, cold potato soup, potato lasagna (used sliced potato instead of pasta).
Also you can saute the potatoes, zucchini, Swiss chard, onion and corn. Add salsa and chicken broth and seasonings like cumin to make a big Mexican vegetable stew. Great with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream. Maybe a sausage on the side.
Potatoes grew wild along the Peruvian coast more than 13,000 years ago, and organic potatoes were being cultivated by the shores of Lake Titicaca more than 7,000 years ago. Potatoes were once thought to both cause leprosy and to act as an aphrodisiac. — from Local Harvest. Read more interesting potato facts at Local Harvest.
Spuds on a Mission
The PieperPad (Dutch for “Potato Trail”) is a 1,000 kilometer long cycling tour designed to raise awareness about the importance of ecological farming in the Netherlands by encouraging members of the public to get out into the countryside and enjoy potatoes, a well loved Dutch staple, in a totally new way. Read more.