Organic Tatsoi – This is a New One for Me

Written by Max Goldberg on December 30, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

When I was in my local organic market the other day browsing in the produce section, I came across a green that I had never seen before – tatsoi.

It had the most beautiful green color, rich and deep, and its leaves were full-bodied and spoon-shaped. Trying to get a good picture of tatsoi was not that easy because the vegetable was a little unruly.

While it is in the mustard family, this Chinese green was not bitter or sharp at all. In fact, it was very, very different than I thought it would taste.

When I put it in my juice this morning, along with celery and radishes, I expected some harshness. Yet, the tatsoi was smooth and creamy, and just might be the most pleasant green I have tasted in a long time.

If organic tatsoi continues to be available in my local market, I will definitely continue to buy it. But not just for my juices. I will make salads with it as well.

This organic tatsoi was a great find and will add much needed variety to the other greens — kale, dandelion, collards — that I eat frequently.

I strongly suggest that you give tatsoi a try, if it is available where you live or if you haven’t had it already.

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10 Comments

  1. This looks incredible!!!!! Exotic, Green and Gorgeous! Can’t wait to try it one day!

    Written by Food Babe on December 30, 2011 @ 5:22 pm
  2. Thank you for the reminder! One of the Union Square vendors got me hooked. I used it regularly in salads. Then, I moved away from the market and somehow forgot about Tatsoi and is bright, refreshing flavor. Maribeth

    Written by Maribeth Evezich on December 30, 2011 @ 9:52 pm
  3. At first, I thought I saw pechay. It’s an Asian vegetable food. I want to taste this one.

    Written by Detoxification on January 1, 2012 @ 10:41 am
  4. Hi Vani,

    It has a really unique and creamy taste to it. I was very pleasantly surprised!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 1, 2012 @ 11:45 am
  5. Hi Maribeth,

    My pleasure. I found it to be a fantastic green but one that is not that widely found.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 1, 2012 @ 11:46 am
  6. Hello,

    I don’t know what pechay is but I assume that it is something similar looking. I’ll have to keep an eye out for that one.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 1, 2012 @ 11:47 am
  7. Yum, I often get it from our local farmer’s Market and use it in Salads….it add such freshness and a different taste to salad. I love them.

    Written by iffat on January 1, 2012 @ 11:53 pm
  8. Hi Iffat,

    I am not surprised at all that you eat it!! :-) Yes, it is a spectacular green and I love it now too.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 2, 2012 @ 10:19 am
  9. I can’t wait to try this green. Thanks for the post Max.

    Written by Katie Goldberg on January 7, 2012 @ 8:03 am
  10. Hi Katie,

    Let me know what you think but I’m pretty confident that you’ll enjoy it.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 7, 2012 @ 11:15 am

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