Oooo Baby Baby

Sweetness, tenderness and love, doesn’t always come from a Motown hit.

It can also come from…. wait for it…

Vegetables.

Baby vegetables to be exact.

Cute, adorable and VERY trendy since the early 1980’s, you’re more likely to find these petite vegetables on a plate at an expensive restaurant, than in your local grocery store.

But it’s quite possible, that you’ll score some at your local farmer’s market from May through the late summer months.

You can however, plant them in your garden, or even in a planter or wood crate on your back deck as they don’t take up nearly the amount of real estate as their “grown up counterparts do.

Generally speaking, baby vegetables are not just the young, immature versions of the vegetables that you buy at the supermarket. Some, are a unique hybrids, developed specifically to be fully grown and mature, at a very small size.

Beyond their cuteness, baby vegetables are quite tender and very flavorful.

There have also been studies which found that these young in’s are actually more nutritious than their “grown-ups”!

Another benefit is that they’ll also fit quite nicely in your Pickling Pouches, most, without any need to cut them.

If you’re interested in purchasing some baby vegetable seeds, here are a few on-line resources for you to consider,

https://www.seedman.com/baby.htm

https://www.seedstrust.com/collections/baby-vegetables

*Some of the most popular baby vegetable are:
  • Baby Bok Choy (Bonsai Hybrid Pak Choi is a good choice)
  • Baby Artichokes
  • Baby Eggplant
  • Baby Tomatoes
  • Baby Bell Peppers (Try Miniature Red Bell)
  • Baby Carrots (Dwarf varieties include ‘Little Finger’)
  • Baby Squash (Patty Pan)
  • Baby Zucchini (Sweet Dumplings, Sunburst’ for yellow squash and Condor, and Butterstick for the zucchinis.
  • Baby Corn (Minor Hybrid or the variety Sweet Baby Corn are good choices here)
  • Baby Peas
  • Baby Beets (Scarlet Supreme, Little Ball and young, Detroit Dark Red are said to be popular varieties)
  • Baby Peppers
  • Baby Onions (The varietals Borettana Cipollini’ or the pearl onion Crystal Wax)
  • Baby Cukes
  • Baby Turnips
  • Baby Cauliflower

*The above varietals suggestions courtesy of: Stephen Albert, a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years.

When it comes to pickling these little treasures, there’s not really much you have to do differently, then if they were the standard size, although it would be a shame to cut them, since admiring their miniaturization is the whole idea here.

One thing that you can consider, is making a few, selective incisions in the outer flesh in order to help the brine penetrate more thoroughly into the inner flesh.

Otherwise, you’re good to go.

Give these little guys a try next time you Pack a Petite Pouch of Pickled Peppers.
We think you’ll enjoy their uniqueness and genuine eating pleasure.

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