The Local Food Report, with Elspeth Hay, is constantly exploring the Cape, Islands, the south Coast and all our farmer’s markets to find out what’s good, what’s growing, and what to do with it.
|Learn to Make Sauerkraut and Reap the Health Benefits
Sauerkraut has a long history. Like other preserved foods, it was once an important source of nutrients during the long, cold winter months. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay continues her focus on fermented foods and talks with a Wellfleet woman about her recipe for fermented cabbage. You can learn more about the sauerkraut and find Helen Miranda Wilson’s recipe for the dish on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.
|Homemade Kimchi is Tasty and Good for Digestion
Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish made by fermenting vegetables. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Holly North of Woods Hole about how she got hooked on kimchi and how she makes it. Holly walks Elspeth through the process of putting together a quick cucumber kimchi and talks about the flavors involved in a perfect dish—everything from garlic to chiles to seafood.
You can find Holly North’s recipe for Hot & Spicy Cucumber Kimchi on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore, where you can also find links to learn more about the digestive benefits of lacto-fermented foods and the history of kimchi.
|Local Eggplant Varieties Abound
The names are beautiful: Nubia, Gretel, Fairy Tale, Nadia. Michiaw, Orient Express, Long Violet, Galine. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with local farmers about what types of eggplant they’re growing, and how they like to cook with them.
You can learn more about the varieties mentioned in the piece and find a recipe for eggplant caponata on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.
This piece is a rebroadcast. It originally aired September 19, 2013.
|Unusual Green Beans Measure 19 Inches Long
Local gardens are overflowing with green beans this time of year. Most are short and snappy. But Victoria Pecoraro is growing two unusual varieties—Orient Wonder and Red Noodle—both of which measure over a foot long! This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with her about how she started growing these Asian yard-long beans and how she likes to eat them.
You can find a recipe for Spicy Stir-Fried Long Beans with Peanuts and Chiles over here. And you can see more pictures of Victoria’s yard-long beans on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.