Green really is the color of life.
Moss grows on the sidewalks and fences, in any shaded area and on the north side of literally any surface. I often think roofing contractors must do very well here, so common are moss covered shingles.
So, Portland has a fundamental focus on greenery and greens.
The food markets are filled with greens common and unique, the commoners showing off a deeper spectrum of life, the unique greens beckoning the creativity of the cook.
Each week growers show off their best, and an opportunity for self-education of somewhat obscure produce is available by just opening a conversation. In addition to my weekly hunt for the organic spinach and kale I crave, there was red spinach, Red Russian kale, Brussels sprouts raab, kale rapini, Miner lettuce and baby kale braising mix.
Last week I did a quick saute of Brussels sprouts raab in olive oil
finished with vegetable stock and the teeniest bit of seasoning. This week the grower touted the antioxidant and cancer-fighting benefits he said I’d find on the Internet when eaten raw, so a raw salad was in order.
Flavorful, filling and fulfilling. It’s easy to show off nature’s best when the green building blocks are in place.