Although available year-round, many vegetables in the brassica family are recognized as “cool season” crops. The most familiar brassicas include Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbages, Brussels Sprouts, Radishes and Turnips. With Broccoli and Cauliflower experiencing weather related shortages, resulting in increased market pricing, here are some other items you might want to substitute into your menus:
- Romanesco– striking in appearance, Romanesco is an heirloom cauliflower; the florets form a pyramid of spiraling, pointed cones. It is sweet with a mild nutty flavor without the somewhat pungency of cauliflower. 6-8ct case.
- Broccoli Rabe– looks like tiny bunches of broccoli on long stems nestled among spiky large leaves; a yellow flower or two may appear. Its strong flavor is pungent and bitter. 10ct case.
- Carnival Cauliflower– available in a 6ct mixed case; or individual colors available by the case- purple (9ct), orange (9ct), and green (12ct).
- Kohlrabi– distinct protruding stalks topped with collard like leaves. Kohlrabi has tough, green outer skin and whitish/green, firm, crunchy flesh with a flavor similar to broccoli. Roast or steam them for stir-fries and pasta, puree into a soup, toss them in a salad, or grate them to make fritters or a delicious slaw. 12ct case.
- Brussels Sprouts– a very versatile winter vegetable; Brussels may be steamed, roasted, braised, sliced or shredded and sautéed. 25# case or by the pound.
- Radishes– mixed cases, Easter Egg, and French Breakfast radish available. 24 bunch case.
clover sonoma eggnog
Produce Express is now stocking everyone’s favorite holiday dairy product- Eggnog. Clover Sonoma Eggnog is rich and creamy; delicious by itself, as part of a holiday cocktail, or added to Lattes, Bread Pudding, French Toast, and Ice Cream. Like all Clover Sonoma products, their Eggnog starts with milk from family farms on the North Coast of California. All of Clover’s dairy products are rBST, antibiotic free, gluten free, low in sodium and fresh pasteurized. Eggnog is available in traditional flavor in a 1/2 gallon; or try the new non-alcoholic Maple Bourbon Eggnog in a quart.
holiday menu planning
The holiday season is here and for many restaurants that means special holiday menus, banquets, and special events. In addition to seasonal produce items like citrus, pomegranates, persimmons, cranberries, chicories, and squash, below are some items you might need to complete your menu:
- Local Dairy Products from Clover Sonoma- cream, butter, eggs, buttermilk, sour cream, milk, and cheeses (organic options available with a pre-order).
- Local Grains from Early Bird Farm– soft white wheat flour, hard red wheat flour, white corn polenta, and pancake/waffle mix.
- Extracts– vanilla, maple, lemon, and orange.
- Local Dried Fruits & Nuts– currants, figs, cranberries, raisins, golden raisins, pears, apples, shredded coconut, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, chestnuts (frozen), walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, and hazelnuts.
- Spices– pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, cloves, whole nutmeg, all-spice, crystalized ginger, vanilla beans, sugar, brown sugar, and sugar cane.
- Fruit Purees for sauces and cocktails– pomegranate, blood orange, mandarin, meyer lemon, black currant, orange zest, and more.
- Local Honey & Fruit Spreads– honeycomb, wildflower honey, orange blossom honey, yellow star thistle honey, California coriander honey, California pomegranate honey, apricot/cherry honey fruit spread, apricot honey fruit spread, and tart cherry honey fruit spread,
- Local Olive Oil from California Olive Ranch– 80/20 chef’s blend, 50/50 blend, Corblend extra virgin olive oil, and Arbequina.
- Local Cheeses– Sierra Nevada aged goat cheddar; Nicolau Farm black truffle casiago and Capra Stanislaus; Point Reyes Blue, Bay Blue and Toma; Marin French triple crème brie and camembert; Laura Chenel cabecou; Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam and Red Hawk, Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog and much more.