Kentucky Food From New To Timeless: Microgreens and Pawpaws

 Long View Organics' Microgreens at Good Foods Market and Café, Lexington, Kentucky

Long View Organics' Microgreens at Good Foods Market and Café, Lexington, Kentucky

As we reported last fall, thanks to the smarts of the Good Foods Market people, and the patience and hard work of Paul Baker and Alison Haney of Longview Organics in Springfield, Kentucky, central Kentuckians had access to delicious, giga-nutritious microgreens at least a year before National Public Radio introduced the topic this week. Microgreens are real plants in the baby stage, grown in soil and sun, packed with nutrients, and safer than sprouts. Good Foods has plenty, and often has a selection so you can choose between mild, spicy, and basil (and perhaps more.)

 Pawpaws from a friend's backyard orchard, Lexington, Kentucky

Pawpaws from a friend's backyard orchard, Lexington, Kentucky

Unlike the noveau microgreens, pawpaws have been in Kentuckians' diets for millennia. In our generation, we are beginning to treat these nutrient-dense, tropically delicious fruits like the treasures they are. Friends brought a bucket of their homegrown pawpaws to Cornbread Supper last week, complete with specific instructions on how to eat them:

How to eat a Pawpaw

  1. Cut in half at the "waist."
  2. Eat carefully with a spoon.
  3. Spit the seeds across the room. Or across the street.

Right now, Roland MacIntosh of the Paw Paw Plantation sells both the fruits and young pawpaw trees at each of the Lexington Farmers Market locations. Good Foods has Woodford County pawpaws for sale. 

Kentucky State University boasts a fine pawpaw program at its Frankfort, Kentucky campus. My colleague Beth Dotson Brown writes about pawpaws at The Goodness of the Garden...All Year Round. And our friends at NPR have visited the pawpaw patch, too, as they report here. Watch the three minute video to see some of your NPR faves tasting this exotic tropical fruit-from-the-temperate-zone for the first time—and liking it. You will too.

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