Today's basket has the first of many avocados, it's a Bacon. Soon we'll begin the Hass avocado harvest. As most of you know, we lost the majority of our avo grove in October's fires, but we still have enough surviving trees to keep our CSA supporters well supplied. Hass is usually released sometime in January. (We can't harvest our avocados until the Avocado Commission says the oil content has reached perfection. Release dates for our Hass is usually mid-January, although I haven't checked on-line, yet.)
The weird, kind of ugly root thing in this week's baskets is a parsnip. You have to try it! Last night I peeled a few and baked along with a whole chicken, some potatoes and carrots. These parsnips taste something like sweet potato, with a little sharper spiciness. Make sure they're completely cooked, and as soft as a cooked sweet potato would be.
Everything else in the basket this week should be identifiable. There's the last of the fioja guavas, and plenty of Satsuma mandarins. There's a bunch of arugula (you can eat it raw in salad, or lightly steamed.) We didn't get much of a grapefruit harvest this year, but we put a single fruit in every basket. Macadamias are in every basket. Here's a quick holiday dessert that we do every year about this time: Melt some really nice chocolate (we buy from Trader Joe's) in a microwave safe bowl. Toss in a bag of macadamia nuts and stir to cover chocolate evenly over the nuts. Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and chill for an hour or so. Serve.
We're skipping December 25-26th baskets, as well as January 1st, Tuesday baskets. If you pick up on Wednesdays, your next basket will be January 2nd. If you pick up on Tuesdays, your next basket will be Tuesday, January 8th. If you are a Tuesday supporter, but don't want to miss out on two weeks of baskets and would like to pick up on Wednesday, January 2nd, e mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll switch you for that week only, to Wednesday's roster.