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Mango cabbage slaw
Fall 2021

Cabbage recipes and links

Cabbage isn’t the most glamorous ingredient. Here are some recipes to help change that perception.

Read more about cabbage.

 

Mango Cabbage Slaw

by WSU executive chef Jamie Callison, from the 2013 cookbook The Crimson Spoon

 

Mango cabbage slawPhoto detail by E.J. Armstrong

 

2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
1 cup thinly sliced mango
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons pickled ginger liquid
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1½ teaspoons lime juice
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Kate Lebo
Summer 2021

A conversation about Difficult Fruit with Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo’s lyrical and literary Book of Difficult Fruit—part memoir, part cookbook, wholly wonderful—published April 6.

The compilation of essays, one for each letter of the alphabet, uses different fruits as key ingredients for recipes and storytelling. Each piece stands on its own. Collectively, though, the entries present an associative work that is altogether delightful, insightful, witty, surprising, and often deeply personal.

Book cover of The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with recipes)

Lebo finished the final draft while working … » More …

Greenbank Farm native plant garden path
Summer 2021

Wild berries at Greenbank Farm

Nancy Hindes often finds wild creeping raspberries while walking along the road in front of her home south of Coupeville on Washington’s Whidbey Island.

“It grows along the ground. It’s not a very dominant plant, but I think it really likes gravelly soil, and that’s why it grows right next to the road,” she says, cautioning those unfamiliar with the wild plant to take care. “It will trip you.”

In summer, she keeps an eye out for its bright red fruit. “It’s one of the best raspberries I’ve ever eaten. It’s very sweet and very flavorful. When I see it, I’ll stop and have a … » More …

Summer 2021

More wild berries

Numerous wild berries can be found in summer and fall around Washington state. Here are more varieties to look for.

Read about wild berries in the Pacific Northwest.

Black chokeberries (Aronia melanocarpa)—A great natural source of pectin, these tart, dark berries are perfect for processing into jam and jelly.

Black hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii)—These tart reddish purple berries—best in jam, jelly, sauce, and vinegar—are prevalent west of the Cascade Range in damp clearings and thicket margins.

Black huckleberries (Vaccinium membranaceum)—These are among the tastiest and most popular berries in the Pacific Northwest.

Blackcap raspberries (Rubus leucodermis)—Unlike blackberries, these berries have a hollow middle, like … » More …