As July comes around, mesclun mixes begin to vanish from farmers' markets stalls and arugula becomes a bit too bitter to tolerate. But do not despair, in the wake of these spring favorites comes a batch of familiar summer greens. Not only are they seasonal, hearty, and delicious, but they are also intensely local. Often, a trip to your farmers market isn't even necessary - just a walk down the street or to the nearest park. The Washington Post has us covered with an introduction to four greens with which every summer salad-eater should be acquainted.
Take Purslane for instance - it can be found as a weed in nearly every Northeast garden, growing inbetween cement in urban spaces, and interspersed with grass in suburban lawns. It is delicious - a succulent that lends a distinctly wild, yet nonetheless wonderfuly tart taste to any salad. Dandelion leaves are so common in urban and rural greenspace that you are unlikely to take a walk without encountering some.
Most of these greens can also be purchased at your local farmers markets - and that is probably preferable. Not that running around your neignborhood foraging for greens is not fun, but if you are looking for guaranteed healthy soil, air, and water, farms are often your best bet.
The Summer Greens You Should Know Better from The Washington Post
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