I bought vegetables last night. It was an adventure. The grocery store closest to me is a farmers’ cooperative, which means that everything is local, fresh and seasonal. It also means that the vast majority of the produce section is unfamiliar.
When I first arrived, I brought my dictionary along with me but I didn’t recognize most of the English translations. Perilla? Kohlrabi? Bunching onions? Did I want my onions to bunch? Quite a few of the names came up with “no English translation available.”
And so I began to buy things at random and make soup.
In the winter, the shelves held lots of strange root vegetables. As Spring approaches, mushrooms have begun to appear. I had no idea there were so many kinds of mushrooms in the world.
Last night I bought these two:
Their name however…
There is something else that has puzzled me about the veggies at my grocery store. They are always wrapped either individually or in groups of 2-3. Why?
Flowers are starting to burst out everywhere. It’s fabulous. I saw these on my way home last night!
They smell amazing. Anybody know what they are? Some kind of magnolia maybe?