Farmers’ Market Finds – Placita Roosevelt (March 18th)

It has been some time since I have highlighted new produce from my visits to the organic farmers’ market at the Placita Roosevelt in Hato Rey, a San Juan neighborhood.  Amidst the usual mixed greens, radishes, and herbs laid a different treat I couldn’t resist buying.

Nasturtium from Placita Roosevelt

Edible flowers!

These are nasturtium (tropaelolum).  Sweet and peppery, the whole plant is edible: leaves, stems, and flowers.    The leaves are especially delicious when combined with other milder greens.  Their seeds can be pickled and eaten like capers too!

Farmers' Market Salad with produce from Placita Roosevelt

Market salad with curly leaf lettuce, bibb lettuce, nasturtium leaves and flowers, and mustard greens.

In addition to the greens and nastortium, we bought another bunch of carrots, eggplant, broccoli, a big bunch of cilantro, and two pounds of mixed tomatoes.  The ripe tiny ones are almost like candy:  all the sweetness, but none of the guilt.

 Farmers' Market Assorted Tomatoes from Placita Roosevelt

Are farmers’ markets already open where you live?  What is your favorite produce in season right now?  Remember that the organic farmers market at la Placita Roosevelt fills up with vendors on the first and third Sundays of the month.

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

7 Responses to “Farmers’ Market Finds – Placita Roosevelt (March 18th)”

  1. March 20, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    I love the peppery bite of nasturtium blossoms in salad. I am so jealous right now. The farmers markets here don’t open until late May. A lot of the produce you’re getting now won’t be available (as local) until July or August. Spring, go faster, please!

    • March 20, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      It was my first time having them and I loved them. I might plant some soon, especially since they seem to be easy to grow.

  2. March 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Ooh, I’m so jealous that your farmers market is up and running. Chicago has to wait till late May.

  3. March 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    Even though it feels like summer here it will be some time before we have a local farmers market…beautiful!

  4. March 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    How cool! Ive heard of edible flowers, but have maybe eaten them once or twice, certainly never cooked with them. Have fun with these! 🙂

  5. Maria Aponte
    April 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Qué rico! Las voy a buscar! Thanks for sharing!


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