Jumping for Joy over the best foods growing in California

Maybe I’m a little obsessed with food, especially new fruits and vegetables I haven’t tried before, but when it comes to healthy, vibrant, rare tropical fruits, and biodynamic greens, I can’t imagine anyone not jumping for joy over it. I get such pleasure to not only make this incredible food available to people who love it, but to express our love and appreciation towards the people growing it. For a long time, it’s been very rare for me to buy a mango, coconut, or papaya at Whole Foods. I’d rather not, but sometimes, I gotta give in to my sons’ longing for some mango slices for school.

However, just recently I found the most incredible small farms, growing sub-tropical fruits in southern California. I want everyone to know that when they’re taste buds are craving something a little exotic, they can do better then picking up fruits at the supermarket. We have growers local to us providing the most wonderful varieties of tropical fruits you won’t find at the store. Some fruits I didn’t know existed. When you find something so rare, pure, and delicious wouldn’t you want to share it?

Here’s some of what I got to see.

Jaboticaba Berry Tree

It was dark out, but here’s what it looks like. The berry’s grow on the branch, not the stems! It’s so cool!

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One of my new favorite things is, Babaco Papaya! The way it looks growing on the tree, the way it tastes, awesome!

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The first coffee plant I’ve ever seen in person. I had no idea coffee could grow out here. I also didn’t know that I could eat it like a berry and spit out the bean. Excitement overload. This was before I saw the banana tree! I’ll take a picture of that next time.

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The last picture I want to show you is some delightful little veggie treats from Skyline Organic Farms in Topanga, Certified Biodynamic. Looks like I just harvested lunch out of my garden, but better.

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We’re making this available to our members, by creating a box of tropical fruits and avocados, called the Paradise Box. The fruits come in small supply, so we’re very lucky to be able to get this. As far as the biodynamic farm, we’re making a special add on available, where you can get a cute little mix of these tasty, super high nutrient veggies. (example picture is on our website)  We cater to many different needs, offer the best available, and are always looking for more wonderful people growing incredible food.

The evening ended with the first fig of the season, a moment to remember. No time for a pic, but I can tell you it was full of beauty. I look forward to that first bite of a fig every year, something I love about eating seasonally.

Mixed Vegetable Tagine

Sometimes it takes me two days to finish our full size farm box, because I love working with several ingredients, and I can save the rest  for the next day. This is a good recipe for those of you who haven’t fallen in love with fennel yet, or need more ideas on what to do with baby beets. 

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Zucchini, baby red beets, onion, fennel bulb with a little bit of fronds, parsley

spices: salt, sumac, turmeric, paprika, little bit of cayenne pepper

Cooked all ingredients with organic olive oil, slowly on low heat in a tagine for about an hour. When I set it up in the tagine, I put the beets to the side so that the veggies didn’t get drenched in beet color and flavor. I added a good amount of sumac and turmeric. The parsley (left on the stems) was placed on top. Once it was ready, then I lightly mixed it together, the flavors were so tasty and the little bit of red beets livened up the color so beautifully. I made some organic bamboo rice, with walnut oil and cilantro to go with it. Not the best picture, I was in a rush to feed the fam, and got in a quick shot!