Monthly Archives: December 2009
|December 22, 2009||Posted by admin under Cooking, Produce, Recipes|
Florida has many varieties of potatoes, from russet to red creamer, and there is sure to be one to meet your needs. Potatoes grow in all parts of Florida but most are grown in the northwest part of the state. They are available from January through June, with peak months of March, April and May. […] continue reading
|December 21, 2009||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Cooking, Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Recipes, Seafood, Uncategorized|
During this festive holiday season many people are looking for fun and easy party foods to serve their guests. Sometimes you don’t think of seafood as being easy to cook when really it is very simple. I decided to list a few easy and delicious recipes to inspire you to go out to your local retail […] continue reading
|December 18, 2009||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Business, News, Produce|
Here’s what was going on this week in the world of Florida agriculture (via our twitter @freshfromFL) We reached our 1,500 followers on twitter on Monday! Thanks @LuxuryHomesFla! This week’s Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight was on the Florida Ag Stats Directory Florida seafood available this week: Red grouper, scamp, mangrove snapper, beeliner snapper, swordfish, mako shark, amberjack […] continue reading
|December 17, 2009||Posted by admin under Agriculture, News|
During the holidays we get a lot of calls about the rules for shipping home grown citrus out of Florida. Since I work in Central Florida at the Sanford State Farmers Market, I get folks dropping in from time to time as well asking about the process. You can ship your home grown citrus to […] continue reading
|December 16, 2009||Posted by admin under Agriculture, FAPC, Farms, Horticulture, News, Produce|
The Florida Key Lime Pie Company and its sister company, Tiki Lui Nursery, will celebrate the grand opening of a new farmer’s market on Thursday, December 17. The market will be located at the nursery, which is at 7300 South US Highway 1 in Titusville and will be open every Thursday through Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm. […] continue reading
|December 15, 2009||Posted by admin under Cooking, Produce|
Here’s a quick and easy way to cut kernels off the cob. Remove any silk leftover from the shucking process. Rinse and dry corn. Hold the corn in a vertical fashion on the cutting board. Run your knife down the side of the corn as close to the cob as possible. Rotate corn and continue […] continue reading
|December 14, 2009||Posted by admin under Cooking, Produce, Recipes|
Cabbage grows mostly in the north and central parts of Florida. It is available from December to May, with peak harvests occurring in March. Cabbage is in the “Brassicaceae” family – so it is related to broccoli, greens and radishes, as well as brussels sprouts. How to buy Make sure stem is not dry. Handle […] continue reading
Cabbage grows mostly in the north and central parts of Florida. It is available from December to May, with peak harvests occurring in March. Cabbage is in the “Brassicaceae” family – so it is related to broccoli, greens and radishes, as well as brussels sprouts.
How to buy
Make sure stem is not dry. Handle it gently because cabbage bruises easily. Avoid cabbage with holes and smell the core for sweetness. Green and red cabbage should have firm leaves with good color.
Tips for storage
Cabbage should be refrigerated in a plastic bag; it will keep for up to two weeks or two to three days when it has been cut. Any discolored or wilted external leaves, as well as tough stalks, should be removed before cooking.
A whole cabbage is best dealt with by removing the tough outer leaves, then cut in half lengthwise. Cut out the hard central core and slice thin for salads, slaws and stir-fry. When using whole leaves, carefully remove the leaves you intend to use from the head. Cook the leaves in lightly salted boiling water until almost tender, then cool them off in an ice water bath to stop the cooking.
Flavors well with
Bacon, butter, caraway seeds, cheese, chicken, cider vinegar, corned beef, cream, duck, mayonnaise, nutmeg, pancetta, potatoes, sour cream, rosemary, dill
Cabbage plants can be used to repel slugs that may be eating your flowers. Plant a few cabbage plants in your garden; slugs go crazy for cabbage and will eat that instead.
Because each post is better with a recipe, here’s another good one from our Chef Justin.
2 1/2 cups Florida cabbage, shredded
2 medium Florida carrots, peeled and shredded
2 cups Florida mushrooms, diced
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger or 1 teaspoon dried
12 egg roll wrappers
Nonstick cooking spray
2 tablespoons cornstarch (divided)
1/2 cup water (divided)
1 cup water chestnuts, chopped (optional)
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
Your favorite dipping sauce
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Mix 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch into 1/4 cup water and set aside. Lightly spray large sauté pan with cooking spray and warm over low heat. Add cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, water chestnuts and ginger to the sauté pan. Cook for five to seven minutes or just until vegetables start to get slightly tender. Stir in cornstarch mixture and soy sauce. Cook until the sauce thickens. Let vegetable mixture completely cool and add green onions. Dissolve the remaining tablespoon of cornstarch in 1/4 cup water. Brush onto egg roll wrappers and fill with vegetables and wrap according to the directions on the egg roll package. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until brown. Serve hot with dipping sauce.