Tatosi, also known as Chinese flat cabbage, has unmistakable spoon-shaped dark green leaves that form a thick rosette. The head sprawls outward, hugging the earth. It can withstand temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a great Fall & early Winter crop, which is great because it's full of vitamin C, calcium, potassium and folic acid to support immunity when we need it the most.
Most commonly sauteed, tatsoi makes a great addition to stir fry, soup, and in any dish as a substitute for bok choy. You can expect a creamy texture with a subtle, yet distinctive flavor. There are a lot of nooks and crannies in these leaves, so after removing the leaves from the stem, be sure to rinse them well to avoid any unwanted grit.
We hope y'all are feeling adventurous enough to give this luscious green a try! Although the name might sound foreign to some, the flavor is familiar and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
We worked with Katherine Bueler earlier this year through a program called Youthworks in a few schools in Santa Fe. They were our pilot sites for our sliding scale, and were such a pleasure to work with. Before the growing season truly took off, Katherine reached out to us wondering if we would like to buy from her later in the season. After a long, hot summer Katherine let us know that she had lots of butternut squash ready, we were more than happy to take them off of her hands. We feel lucky to know so many farmer folks willing to work with us!
For more info on what Katherine is up to in Villanueva: Google Villanueva Fields Farm Facebook page, and click the link to their website.