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Looking to try out a new leafy green vegetable? Well, bok choy (Cantonese for “small white vegetable), also known as pak choi or pok choi, is at the height of it’s season! Bok choy is a winter-hardy green in the Brassica family. It is native to China since the 5th century AD and is a type of Chinese cabbage that is a popular veggie in Asian cuisine. Bok choy has a white or light green stem and dark green leaves and grows in a cluster. The texture is crisp and crunchy and has a spinach-like taste with a mild bitterness.

Want the perfect fruit to clear out 2020 from your system? Well, luckily lemons are pouring into the market right now to help you with that cleanse. Lemons grow on a small evergreen tree and are native to South Asia. The lemon tree can produce fruit year round, but produces the most fruit in late winter and early spring. You can find Eureka and Meyer lemon varieties at our markets.

‘Tis the season to enjoy delicious meals surrounded by glowing lights and presents. And although this year we may not be able to get together with family and friends for the holidays, we can still enjoy the foods that feel like home. One vegetable in season right now that can bring that sense of comfort and goodness is the sweet and starchy sweet potato!

Did you know walnuts are not actually nuts? Much like almonds, walnuts are in fact the edible seed of a drupe (other common drupes include peaches, dates, and cherries). They have a multidimensional flavor: buttery richness from their high fat content, earthy and slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness from the tannins in their papery skin.

Sure cabbage is great, but have you experienced all that a napa cabbage has to offer? Napa cabbage is a type of Chinese cabbage that has it’s origins in East Asia in the 15th century. It then spread to Korea and Japan, and also became a popular crop in Europe, the Americas, and Australia in the 19th century. Fun fact: Napa cabbage is thought to have originated from natural hybridization of turnip and pak-choi.

Looking for a veggie that’s not quite an onion and not quite garlic, but some sweet spot in between? Well, right now you can find an abundance of leeks at the farmers’ markets. Leeks are a part of the same genus as onions, garlics, shallots, scallions, and chives (Alliums). They are native to Central Asia, but have been cultivated for thousands of years. They have a sweet onion-like flavor and have a crunchy, firm texture.