Part of the fun of the Farmer’s Market is trying new veggies and learning what to do with them. A few years ago I tried Kohlrabi, but I have yet to find a recipe that really makes me swoon over it. (If anyone has one please post!)
This past weekend I saw a spinach-like green that people seemed to be skipping over amongst the other bags of fresh petal mesclun mix, arugula and spinach. I asked what this Tatsoi tasted like and the guys told me, “exactly like spinach.” I was open to give it a shot. I decided to throw some in my morning smoothie, but before I did, I wanted to taste it. It’s got a nice crunch and the taste is mild, more like a mix between watercress or baby bok choy and spinach. In fact, I found out that it is “the ground-hugging member of the bok choy family.”
I liked it in the smoothie for the taste as well as the nutrients: beta-carotene, Vitamins A, C, and K along with good amounts of calcium, potassium, phosphorous and iron. I have more left for a salad and will investigate ways of cooking or otherwise utilizing it. And yes, I’d buy it again!