1. Ordering extra vegetables, sprouts, and fruits: Lately, many of you ask me if you can get another something. Of course! You don't need to waive one product in order to receive another. That is exactly why Amir built us a web-based ordering system, where you can very easily add items to your box, either as a one-time or as a permanent request. Online ordering is available from Saturday night till Tuesday at 11:00. Enter the ordering system by simply clicking "כניסה למנויים" in the top left corner of any page on our website http://maggiesgarden.co.il. There you can view all available products, in addition to those that are on the list expected to be included in the weekly boxes, and edit your order as you wish. Of course...you're always welcome to use my help.
2. Ordering other products: As always, attached is an Excel form on which you can order honey, olive oil, legumes, sprouts, cheeses, and baked goods. I know it is a bit confusing, but the attached form is only for these additions. Additional vegetables, sprouts, and fruit can be ordered through our website http://maggiesgarden.co.il. Please feel free to ask for help.
3. Shipping invoices and final bills: We are obligated to deliver shipping invoices ((תעודות משלוח with all our boxes. Because delivery day is such a busy day, we prepare the shipping invoices before we actually pack the boxes. Thus, there may be differences between your hand-written תעודת משלוח and the final invoice. Don't worry, if something is missing or there is a difference in weight (for example, you ordered a 3-kg watermelon but it actually weighed only 1 kg), I update my list after the delivery is sent out and before the sum of the final invoice is calculated.
4. Next week's newsletter: I might write to you earlier than usual because we are taking a long weekend vacation! How fun! We'll be back late on Monday, and that's when I will send you the list of expected items for Aug. 10 and 11.
And now, may I invite you into the garden:
Summer squashes, winter squashes, gourds: there's an entire world within each one.
Last week I wrote about watermelon, the queen of summer. While we were packing boxes early Wednesday morning, we heard Nurit Zarchi's song about a woman who lived in a watermelon on the radio (the translation is mine):
"There was a woman who lived in a very large watermelon.
She had two stools, one chair, and a lamp.
She cut herself a window and made a living room.
She hung pictures and brought in a closet
And raised a cat in the corner to hunt mice.
Then, suddenly, the season ended..."
Another sentence that came to mind and is, sadly, very relevant this year: "there are three things that cannot stand mediocrity: poetry, wine, and melons (said by a French poet)". Indeed, there have been years in which the melons were much better...
An ancient Asian tale tells the story of a huge gourd used as a home for an old man... and the famous Cinderella used a pumpkin as her chariot...
More about gourds in previous newsletters - http://maggiesgarden.co.il/english-newsletter-17-8-0/ and http://maggiesgarden.co.il/the-magic-pumpkin9-8-10/.
What's the difference between regular summer squash (zucchini) and other gourds aka "winter squash"? Botanically, they are the same, sometimes even the same species. The major difference is in the time of picking.
Zucchinis are picked when still botanically unripe. Their peel and seeds are soft and underdeveloped, and they cannot yet produce the next generation. Since the plant knows it has not fulfilled the next generation, it continues to produce more fruits in order to do so. We continue picking the fruits as long as viruses, diseases, and flies don't get in our way. Zucchinis cannot be preserved very long and must be eaten during the summer. They are the 'summer squash', full of vitamin C, lots of the B group, beta carotene, folic acid, potassium, and nutritional fiber.
Gourds, pumpkins, and winter zucchinis are picked after a long period of growth and ripening. Their peels are hard and protect the internal colorful, nutritional, sweet "flesh" and mature seeds inside. Sometimes, we open a pumpkin and find tiny cute sprouts attempting to "kick off" the next generation. Thanks to their hard protective peels, we can preserve winter zucchinis for a long time and eat them in winter. Hence the name 'winter zucchini'.
Don't be worried about the festival of gourds you are receiving in your boxes! They can easily be stored in a cool dark place up to 6 months.
Most common names of go
urds, pumpkins, and zucchinis are inventions of growers or distributors. Here are some of the most common:
· Most f
amiliar in Israel is the Dalorit (דלורית) - Butternut squash
· What we know in Israel as דלעת הערמונים - Acorn squash
· Striped סביבון pumpkin ('dreidle' pumpkin) - Carnival squash
This week we also started picking the round mini-orange gourd...
...and the Chinese flat green gourd
Larger gourds that take longer to ripen will soon follow. And the festival is not yet over...
The easiest way to prepare gourds is to cut them down the middle and bake them (inside up) in the oven. You may add cinnamon, or garlic and olive oil, or cheese filling, or meat, grains, herbs.. etc.
You can also add them to pasta or lasagne.
If you like your zucchini not so sweet, make Turshi (in recipes). Or grate raw zucchini into salads. Or add it to mashed potatoes, quiches, bread, cakes, soups. These are just some of many ideas.
Some gourds can be peeled with a peeler, but peeling is usually unnecessary. Steam them slightly to make them easier to slice.
The seeds can be roasted. I roast them at the same time that I bake the rest of the gourd. They are tremendously delicious and nutritious!
Have a good and healthy week,
List of expected produce Aug 3-4:
Please remember - changes to orders must reach me by 11:00 on Tuesday.
Order additional vegetables, fruits, and sprouts via the website www.maggiesgarden.co.il
Order honey, olive oil, cheeses, baked goods, legumes via the Excel form attached to our weekly mail.
Please do not hesitate to ask for help.
Look for information on vegetables on the tabs on the left sidebar of the website www.maggiesgarden.co.il
Nature being nature, we'll post last-minute changes in the list of expectations online on delivery day.
Butternut squash (dalorit)
Basil or purslane
and something else
Israeli Anna apples