I love that the National Trust and Delicious magazine are doing a We Love Knobbly Veg campaign in 2011. For those who forage, grow their own or buy produce at farmers’ markets, you know that your veg is a far cry from its shiny, uniformly shaped and sized cousins found in supermarkets. As for the uglies, they may not even make it onto the pristine shelves for fear that people won’t know what to do with them! It’s time to show some love for ugly veg.
Don’t get me wrong – I do love the beautiful specimens like globe artichokes and romanesco cauliflowers when they’re in season, but these days it’s the roots and tubers that have wintered the harsh weather. I reckon that the ugliest among them are celeriac and jerusalem artichokes. If you’re willing to experiment with some flavour pairings or even substitute them for staple veg in traditional recipes, you just might find them a tasty reward for scrubbling and peeling all that knobbly flesh. Here are some ideas… Continue reading