What’s in Season in Estacada: Summer 2017

May Produce

May time vegetables that are in season now are as follows

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Asian greens
  • Chard
  • Fava beans
  • Garlic scapes
  • Green onions
  • Most herbs
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce and salad greens
  • Pea tips
  • Radishes
  • Rapini
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach

Recipe of the Month for May

Asparagus and Fava Beans with Toasted Almonds

Makes 8 servings

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh fava beans, shelled
  • 1 pound asparagus tough ends removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, toasted and chopped
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
  • juice and zest (removed in long strips) of 1 lemon

 

Instructions:

  1. Blanch fava beans in a pot of salted boiling water just until tender, about 1 minute. Transfer to an ice-water bath. Blanch asparagus in a pot until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes ; transfer to ice-water bath. Drain vegetables. Remove outer skin from fava beans (you should have 1 cup). pat asparagus dry.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Swirl in oil, then add garlic and fava beans and season with salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is softened, 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer beans to a plate with a slotted spoon. Let skillet cool slightly, then whisk lemon juice into oil in skillet; season with salt and pepper. (Add more oil if dressing is too tart.) Add asparagus; toss to coat with dressing.
  3. Combine almonds and lemon zest in a small bowl. Transfer asparagus to a platter, top with fava beans, and drizzle remaining dressing in skillet over top. Sprinkle with almond-zest mixture and serve.