Boxnote 127: July 19 Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi – Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului


Unfortunately, Zoli couldn’t make it to market this week, and no other car driver in the area was available to help with G/K delivery.

Szilard had a very large amount of milk – cow and sheep (from his flock) to process, which meant that he, your cheese and Agi neni’s Alunis garden collection for the veggie box, arrived late and had to be rapidly divided and valued (so she can receive money!) before we all dashed for the station; me and Szilard in the car; Douglas on the brompton bike … and then the train was late!

It is a bumper box this week! Enjoy it!!

Here is your (mega) box this week!

Unusual mixed salad leaves – if you don’t know what something is, please ask us! I apologise for some of the tatty looking leaves you may find in the mix; this was due to the wild rush mixing and dividing the salad (see above for explanation!) … garden and wild rucola … nasturtium leaves … sorrel … quite a few blue borage flower (with a lovely cucumbery taste!) Douglas and Agi Huedin, Alunis.

Herbs/verdeturi/fuszer: …peppermint …. lemon balm….sage/salvia/zsaja Agi, Alunis , Douglas in Huedin, and Damos

chives Douglas, Huedin,

perpetual onionsDouglas, Damos

Parsley (and a little bit of tarhon/estragon) Bozse, Bicalat.

celeriacBozse, Bicalat, Zsofi, Huedin

Basil/busiouc/Bazilia Zsofi, Huedin. Bozse, Bicalat. These two women are keeping us all well supplied with basil; there is even a little remaining which I dry for us all in winter!

Calandula and buza virag and nigella Agi, Alunis. The flowers are good in a tea or just rubbed on your body. I have some dried lavender flowers (too dry) on my table which I rub on my hands now and then and the scent is very uplifting. Mmmm and I see on line, cornflower can be used as a tea (check it out); with nigella, the seeds are useful and hopefully, later in the year we’ll be doing something with these.

Ardei Iute, csipes paprika, hot pepper – The first of the year!!! Zsofi, Huedin (the dark green hottest – we put some into our 3 bean dish last night and it was deeeeelicious!) and pale Piroska, Ketesd

Red and green onions Ildiko, Fildu de sus and Bozse, Bicalat

Fresh garlicHajni, Bicalat

Little carrot bundles – Ildiko, Fildu de sus

celeriac Eva, Ketesd, or leeks farkas Eva, Ketesd

Green beans like British runner beans Piroska, Ketesd and Erzsi, Bicalat

perpetual spinach and rainbow chards – Zsofi, Huedin. And Agi and Douglas, Alunis and Damos and Huedin.

Kohlrabi/guliZsofi, Huedin, Eva, Tetis.

radish/ridiche/retek Eva, Tetis

dovleci, tok, zucchini Agi, Alunis.

Peppers, paprika, ardei – . Bozse II, Bicalat. We were soooo happy when Bozse said her peppers had come to market; the first of the year!

Castraveti/ugorka/cucumber Gyongy Nearsova

Cabbage, varza, kapuszta Zsuzsi, Bicalat .. the last of these little summer joys!

Krumpli, cartofi, Potatoes Gyongy Jakotelke fertilised with sheep shit and no colarado (because they are earliest).

Summer apples/nyari alma/mere de varaAgi, Huedin.

Flowers a selection from Domi in Huedin, two containing ‘Pipervirag’. I have never seen this amazing flower before. It is a climber and is all around the door of their house!


EGGS – Marioara, Fildu de mijloc. There was a bit of an egg shortage today, so I imagine the prices will rise next week.

Apple Juice – The csipet csapat (the little people! Three generations of women and Benjemen), Valko. Made from local variety, autumn Valko apples and pressed, pasteurized in Bica village.

Marigold flowers – rub on your body/infuse in oil for as long as possible (I just use as local as possible sunflower oil from Piata Mihai Viteazul) and mix with melted bees wax (lots of recipes re. Proportions on-line.

Kale – Agi neni (and we) were delighted to find decent sized kale leaves ready to pick. Kale is always better after the first frost, but it is super healthy all year too!

100% kalotaszeg nut kovasz/maia bread – AMAZING. Thank you so much Ildiko!

Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean packaging like Pasta and bread. I’ve been asking how pasta was stored pre-plastic days and I was told that it was put into a clean fabric napsack and suspended. We recommend this!



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