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VeganMoFo: interesting produce

I know it's obnoxious to take pictures everywhere, but we wandered into a market today and they had some produce I had never seen before--thai eggplant. I thought they were tomatoes and had to do a double take. It's cool to come across unknown produce.

For dinner we also ate something new for the first time (to my knowledge). Sometimes we'll pick up a vegetable we've never tried before and this one happened to be kohlrabi. I forgot to take a picture as we'd had it for a while before finally putting it to use, but it looks like a turnip with broken stems coming out of it. Turns out it's related to cabbage and cooks up to be like a tastier broccoli stem. We're still trying to find more recipes for it, but it's fun to try new things.

When we moved to Portland, we inherited a lot of interesting and new-to-us edibles in our yard. I think this first year was just getting to know them and figuring out how they grow and how they should be eaten. The previous occupants were pretty foodie with their plantings including quince, cardoon, sour cherry, muscat grapes, lovage, loganberries, green zebra tomatoes, artichokes, figs, and currants. We're still learning how to use everything in our cooking, but it's a pretty awesome challenge to have.

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