Introducing Purslane & Amaranth

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Remember when you were a kid and your parents placed a plate of mysterious veggies in front of you? You were scared, probably made a face, tried it and… liked it!? Well say hello to Purslane and Amaranth, but skip that whole act and just dig in!

Many have overlooked Purslane and have grown to regret it. Ok probably not, but man if they knew what they were missing. This nutritional powerhouse is a”superfood”, high in heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and beta carotene. Not to mention it boasts antioxidants, calcium, potassium, vitamin A and other nutrients. Crisp yet juicy, this herb is slightly peppery like arugula with some lemony tartness. Toss it in a potato salad, scramble with eggs, or make a purslane salad.

You may have seen amaranth grain before but what about the leaves and flowers? Just like it’s seed these are also nutrient packed and yummy. These gorgeous leaves are spinach like in flavor and can be substituted for spinach in most recipes. The baby leaves are great raw while the more mature leaves are the perfect addition to soups, stir frys and more. Enjoy it all in your Local Box!

Some Amaranth leaves recipes:
Garlic Amaranth Stir Fry
Amaranth Leaves in Coconut Milk
Bengali Amaranth Stir Fry
Tofu with Quinoa & Amaranth Leaves

Some Purslane recipes:
Simple Purslane Salad (pictured above)
Tomato, Cucumber, Purslane Salad
Eggs With Purslane
Potato Salad with Purslane
Pickled Purslane

Lettuce know what you are cooking up with your new favorite greens!

 

About Sarah

Sarah grew up in beautiful Austin, Texas with an appetite for all things delicious. She spent her early years joyfully baking and cooking and soon realized her favorite part about food was sharing it. She has stayed active in the local food movement from volunteering with non-profits to supporting local farms to getting her hands dirty building community gardens. Other than cooking, eating, and talking about food, Sarah also enjoys music of all kinds, the outdoors in general, and wine.
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  2. [...] Happy June! This week we have two items that make me feel like a character in Alice in Wonderland. The Pea Shoots from Acadian Family Farm are so pretty and curly, I can’t wait to garnish my meals with them. And Amaranth and Purslane are such neat herbs to play with! Although they’re small, Amaranth leaves (the thinner, purpley ones in the mix) contain three times the calcium and five times the niacin of spinach leaves!  If you’re stumped on what to do with these beauties, find out more on our blog. [...]

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