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What’s Fresh: Best Buds

Juicy, sweet and tender, brassica buds are at their best right now. In the same family as broccoli rabe, the flowering tips of kale, collards, and cabbage are deliciously versatile. Toss them into a stirfry, add them to a quiche, sprinkle over a pizza with generous dollops of creamy goat cheese from Quail Croft Farm, or simply steam them and drizzle with Ginger Tamari sauce, a classic concoction from former San Juan Island resident chef Kate Stone. Recipe as follows.

Ginger Tamaribeautiful buds


1/3 cup water
1/3 cup tamari
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 to 2 or more Tbsps grated fresh ginger


Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, jar or bottle and whisk or shake well. Serve over veggies, rice, or soba noodles, or use as a marinade for meats and tofu.