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Cardoons, Horned Melon and Soy! Oh My!

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Week 17 of the CSA. Three new and exciting items. Twelve goodies overall. The haul.

Sandy Spring CSA Week 17

The list.

1 Bunch Lacinato Kale
1 Bunch Cardoons
1 Stalk Edamame (soy beans)
1 Bag Orange Carrots
1 Huge Head of Bok Choy
A Three pound bag of Roma Tomatoes
2 leeks (I swapped cayenne peppers to get these)
1 Butternut Squash
1 African Horned Melon
1 Bag Gold Beets
1 Bunch Italian Parsley
1 Bag Shallots

The horned melon is weird. But, I will try anything once. Here is a picture from our weekly email, of one that is ripe and cut open. Ours isn’t ripe yet.

Horned Melon, Ripe and Cut Open

Cardoons are also new. I found a dozen Mario Batali recipes on the internet, to try. They look like they are related to artichokes. Should be interesting.


I am not even going to attempt to price this out. I have no idea what edamame, horned melon and cardoons cost, if you can find them. The beets, tomatoes and carrots, all organic, make the cost worth it. Stay tuned this week to see what I cook with this basket.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

7 responses »

  1. Horned melons, cardoons, a stalk of edamame, gold beets??? Wow. All kinds of new and exciting stuff.

  2. I have NEVER heard of a cardoon!!

  3. Like Tammy and Sharlea I have never heard of this stuff…thanks for enlightening me 🙂 Looks delicious!

    Thanks for linking up.

  4. I am very interested in signing up for your CSA. Would you please email the information at

  5. what was the horned melon like?! it almost looks like a cucumber…

  6. Your horned melons look awesome!!! Can’t wait to see how they are!

  7. The horned melon is ripening on the windowsill. According to my research, it has to be yellow to be ripe. When I do cut it, I will blog about how it tastes.

    Same for making the cardoons tonight.


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