How To Eat The Summer's Strangest Produce

You've seen these curious items for sale but haven't had a clue what to do with them, until now!

Are you getting tired of the standard carrots, peppers and corn? Are you looking to expand your summer produce horizon? 

We take a look at some of the very delicious but possibly strange produce that's available during the summer months. 


Fiddleheads are in season for a very short amount of time each year. They are the young leaves of ferns, before they become uncurled. Fiddleheads sold in stores and at farmer’s markets are a particular variety of fern. It is important to note that not all ferns are edible, and some are quite dangerous to eat. To cook fiddleheads, rinse the brown bits off in cold water and boil for seven to 10 minutes. Then, prepare as you would asparagus; add a little butter, lemon and/or salt and pepper should do it.

Bonus: they’re pretty fun for kids (and adults) to eat.


Sunchokes, also called Jerusalem artichokes, look more like a bulbous ginger root than artichokes. They can be eaten raw or cooked, skin on or off, and are high in nutrients. Often they are used in place of potatoes, roasted or in creamy soups.

Pattypan squash

Pattypan squash is a variety of summer squash, easily marketed to kids as little suns or UFOs. They cook quite quickly and are easy to prepare sautéed, grilled or stuffed. Think of using them more like you would zuchinni than you would an autumn squash (acorn, butternut, etc.).


Are wild leeks and have an oniony flavour. The whole vegetable can be eaten cooked or raw, similar to a scallion. They can be used in pesto or salad, or to flavour other vegetables and dishes such as quiche. Think of using them as you would a scallion or leek, but making sure to highlight their individual flavour.


Amaze your kids with what you can tell them is a broccoli-cauliflower hybrid. As it is a particularly interesting vegetable aesthetically, it works best to cook in recipes calling for only a few ingredients. It has a cauliflower-like taste, and can be used in place of cauliflower or brussel sprouts in many recipes.

Garlic scapes

Garlic scapes will mostly be found at farmer’s markets, occasionally at health food stores—or, if you grow garlic, in your own garden. They’re the flower stems that grow from the bulb, which is the part we’re most accustomed to eating. They can be pickled, sautéed or used in dressings, pesto or dips. You can use them as a topping or garnish, as you would scallions, or in place of garlic in most dishes. Because it is more delicate, it will cook faster than chopped garlic from a bulb; it also has a fresher, “greener” taste to it.

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