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Video: Jamie Oliver, “Try Something New”

By WorldLink Staff | June 20, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Happy first day of summer! The warmest season is officially here, and with it, a bumper crop of new fruits and vegetables are at their peak. Local markets are overflowing with familiar favorites: peaches, plums, cherries, but what about a pluot? Or an olallieberry? With so much diversity at your fingertips, make this the summer you expand your palate and try something new.

In this video, Jamie Oliver shows off unusual varieties of common vegetables, and demonstrates how cool it is to be in the know about diverse fruits and vegetables.

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Variety Is The Spice Of Life

When it comes to new foods to try, the supermarket is only the tip of the iceberg. Purple potatoes, red carrots, yellow beets, and white eggplants are just a few ways to add color and variety to your dinner table. Here are a few more ideas to bring new life to your kitchen this summer.

  • Taste the season: In this video from Nourish Short Films, farmer Nigel Walker, author Anna Lappé, and others discuss the fun of eating seasonally. As Anna points out, “The joy of eating seasonally is the joy of fresh produce and fresh foods. It’s that much more exciting when your favorite foods come back into season.” Head to your farmers market and try some fresh new samples today.
  • Be a seasonal sleuth: With supermarkets offering strawberries and tomatoes year-round, it’s easy to get confused about what’s actually growing in your foodshed. This seasonal ingredient map from Epicurious shows you what’s in season in every state, and updates as the months change.
  • Find resources: Once you discover a new vegetable, you’ll want to learn creative ways to prepare it. Type your newfound food into Foodily to find a plethora of ingredient-specific recipes, or browse the constantly updating Punchfork, if you prefer more visual inspiration. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, check out Post Punk Kitchen, and introduce yourself to the world of vegan cooking.
  • Sharing is caring: Now that you’re a pro at discovering fun new foods, it’s time to share them with your friends and family. Summer is the ideal time to host a casual afternoon gathering and introduce your loved ones to the joys of the season. Brush up on your potluck etiquette and learn some hosting tips at Simple Bites. To make sure no one doubles up on nettle pasta or roasted white asparagus, use this potluck planning tool to delegate and organize your guests.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and discover something new!

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