Sometimes television can be a source of inspiration. Yes, really… A few days ago, an advertising campaign for « ugly fruits and vegetables » was launched on the French TV by a famous wholesaler, on the occasion of the national day against food waste. Ungraded and unsorted vegetables were under the spotlight.
There was a carrot with a wired shape to whom a voice was telling that it should not be « ashamed ». Some see this campaign only as a marketing move from the wholesaler under the pretext of environmental protection. Nevertheless, I found the advertising rather funny and the idea to sell agricultural waste at lower price very interesting. This campaign questions our tendency to associate what is “beautiful” to what is tasty or good for health, but it also questions the concept of beauty in our society, which has become narrower (and what is true for carrots and tangerines might be true also for women…). Maybe I am going too far and you might wonder if you are still reading a food blog, but isn’t talking about food also talking about daily life? The more I go forward in this blog adventure, the more I see it not only as a wonderful way to share Moroccan vegetarian recipes but also as an opportunity to exchange and dialogue…
Well, the “ugly” vegetables.... I thought about them again when I was at my neighborhood market this week and when I saw a stall of “forgotten” vegetables (these heirloom vegetables that have become neglected or have fallen out of favor; though some have regained popularity on winter markets). These vegetables don’t really fit beauty standards either. However, despite of their irregular shape and their pale color sometimes, I found them rather beautiful. Therefore I bought some of rutabagas, parsnips and Jerusalem artichokes. I also discovered a variety of squash, the delicata (simply delicious). Here is a very simple recipe that will be appreciated by olds and youngs alike and that will allow us to remember the forgotten ones.
A small note about the forgotten vegetables in this recipe (and how you can replace them if you don’t find some of them)
- The « delicata » is a kind of squash with a taste of chestnut. It can be replaced by any squash you like.
- Rutabagas are root-vegetables, from the same family than turnips.
- Carrots can replace parsnips even if the taste is different (more sweet).
- Jerusalem artichokes are root-vegetables also. It’s a very special vegetable, which will give the meal a very good taste.
Roasted Forgotten Vegetables
1.5 pound / 750 g delicata squash
1 pound parsnips
1 pound rutabagas
1 pound Jerusalem artichokes
A few springs of fresh rosemary
2 tbsp hazelnut oil
2 tbsp colza oil
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp turmeric
Wash and scrub the vegetables. Peel the rutabagas, the parsnips and the Jerusalem artichokes (keep the peel on for the delicata squash). Cut them in length, as you have to shape big French Fries.
Pre-heat the oven 370°F/180°C. Pour the vegetables (except the delicata squash) on a baking sheet, add oil, herbs and spices. Mix with hands to ensure every vegetable is covered with oil. Bake for about 45 minutes. At halfway, add the squash.
Garnish with arugula salad and fresh rosemary and drizzle with oil.
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