Vote Early and Vote Often… for Seeds!

March 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Tomorrow is the last day to vote.  No, I’m not talking about those contested aldermanic elections, I’m talking about the One Seed Chicago Contest.

The 2011 has three candidates.    The candidates are swiss chard, eggplant, and radish.  All of them are winners in my book.

It was very difficult to pick one.

What’s not to love about the gorgeous color and peppery finish of radish?  There’s something fantastic about treating this vegetable to a bite just picked from the vine, or roasted with carrots & a bit of maple syrup, or sliced on buttered bread for a sandwich right out of hand.

Then there’s swiss chard.  You can pick the leaves, the minute they appear and garnish a dish.  You can wait to the leaves are about the size of your palm and add to a salad or green smoothie.  Finally, you can wait until the leaves are broad and stir fry or braise.

Eggplant.  The colors are simply breathtaking.  It can be pickled and put up for winter.  It can be cubed and sauteed in a stirfry.  Then there’s roasting it.  Smashing it.  Adding olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and garlic for a spread or dip.

Seriously, what’s not to love about each of these versatile candidates?

Can you guess which candidate got my vote?

Here’s a hint:

Pretty Purple lower

Please let me know how you voted and why.