Aloha Oahu Fresh members! Can you believe its mid June already!? Well, one nice thing about the early part of summer is that produce begins to be abundant–this week we’re taking advantage of that by bringing you some summer fruit. This week’s bag will feature a new fruit variety for us, local sugar bananas from Ho Farms. We’ll also include a mango from Frankie’s nursery (can’t get enough of those mangos!), green eggplant from Ho Farms, radishes and string beans from Pacific Gateway Center farmers, and fresh lettuce from 808 Farm Fresh in Waimanalo.
What’s a sugar banana? It is a variety known as Lady Finger, and is smaller and sweeter than the common Cavendish banana. It is often eaten as a dessert. We’ll include a few recipes so you can try them out and let us know what you think.
Grilled Brown Sugar Bananas You may want to grill these without the brown sugar, or try one with and one without, so you can get a sense of what the banana tastes like on its own. These would make a great dessert when camping.
Green Eggplants Cooked in Milk This recipe has additional tips on cooking eggplants at the end!
String Beans Lyonnaise simple yet not basic!
Chicken Mango Lettuce Wraps I have been eating all kinds of stuff on lettuce leaves and in wraps lately…lettuce is the perfect wrap or cup for all sorts of fillings, from smoked marlin spread (my latest fave!) to a mushroom/chicken/mango mix like this one!