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10 Ways to Use Ramps

10 Ways to Use Ramps

How do you get foodies as excited as dogs chasing squirrels? Just cry, “Ramps!” These wild leeks are one of the first local green things people in the eastern US can find at the farmers' market after a long winter of root veggies.

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Salad of the Month

Warm Wax Beans With a Bacony Dressing

Salad of the Month

This clever wax bean dish is a cross between a salad and a side dish: it's served warm but loaded with the bright, fresh flavors of tomatoes and basil.

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Test Kitchen Tip

Introducing SweeTango Apples

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SweeTango Apples

Courtesy of SweeTango

Nothing heralds fall like the first bite of a fragrant local apple. This season’s highly anticipated new fruit on the block is the uncommonly crisp SweeTango apple. Developed over 10 years at the University of Minnesota, it is a cross between the much-loved Honeycrisp and Zestar varieties. Mottled red and yellowish-green, SweeTangos have distinctively large cell walls that burst against the teeth, releasing tart-sweet juice. An early-season apple, it is certain to disappear by late October.

Licensed growers are limited to those in Next Big Thing, A Growers’ Cooperative, which means that the standards of quality are strictly regulated and that you probably won’t find SweeTangos at your farmers’ market. However, as supplies grow each year, these apples will become more widely available. For now, if you spot one at select grocery stores across the country, snap it up! While it’s primarily a really good eating apple, SweeTango cooks beautifully in recipes like Grace Parisi’s fantastic Apple Blintz Hand Pies.

Related: Gorgeous Apple Desserts
Terrific Apple Recipes

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