Boxnote 132; August 23rd Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi – Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

Yesterday, Gyongy came to Damos to help us collect in the rain! We were chatting about greater cellandine being useful on wounds and good for the liver. She told me in Damos they call it, Verehullo fecskefu … whereas in Valko, it is kutyatej/rostopasca (Nica told me!) a lovely lovely local name.


Erzsike (tomatoes) came again to calmly prepare your mixed herb bag and spinach and salad. Her husband, Domi at market said when he saw her on FB he remembered how lovely she is, so this week, I took another photo to remind him again!


Today I met Silvia from Morlaca for the first time who spoke Hungarian and Romanian like me. I was so enchanted (She probably spoke both better than me!). She was born in Sancraiu, married and went to Morlaca and now she and her husband spend half their time in Cluj and half, gardening in Morlaca; and she still operates in two languages.

Here is your (mega) box this week!

Unusual mixed salad leaves – garden and wild rucola … nasturtium leaves … sorrel/soska/macris … purslane/grasita/portulaca, ….. gyermek lancfu/dandelion, … jack by the hedge/ustoroita, … turbolya/chevri/hasmatiu… blue borage and nasturtium flower Douglas and Agi Huedin, Alunis.

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

chives/metelo hagyma/snidling (and thanks to Mihaela, cepsoara!) Douglas, Damos

perpetual onions Douglas, Damos

Parsley Bozse, Bicalat. And Kati, Damos (curly parsley)

tarhon/tarkon/estragon – Bozse, Bicalat

Basil/busiouc/Bazilia . Bozse, Bicalat . Be sure to remove the lower part of the stems before using/drying (and don’t store in water, you’ll get a mouldy taste. If you want to make a tinctura, see Deni’s

Alma paprika (the small round pale green is HOT), ardei Iute, csipes paprika, hot pepper Zsuzsi,Bicalat, Piroska, Horlacea

Red onions Gyongy, Horlacea

Fresh garlicErzsika, Huedin

Little carrot bundles and celeriac – Claudia, Rasca

Radish/retek/ridiche Eva, Tetis.

cabbage/varza/kapuszta Agi, Huedin.

sweetcorn/kukorica/malai – Annus neni, Tetis. Zsebe Kati, Damos

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

Rainbow chards are so beautiful; eat the stems too!

Kohlrabi/guliBozse, Bicalat; or hokkaido pumpkinsAgi, Alunis.

Zucchini – Agi, Alunis

fresh beans/bab .. Annus neni and Farkas Eva Tetis and Agi, Huedin

Peppers, paprika, ardei – . Bozse II Bicalat

Castraveti/ugorka/cucumber Annus neni Ketesd.

Tomatoes/rosii/paradicsom .. Erzsika, Huedin

Ossze barack/autumn peachesthe first at market. Morika, Bicalat. I’m sorry about the lack of fruits in your boxes this year; this is due to the carabus/cserebogar in the spring and the strange weather conditions. The summer apples have been virtually non existent along with the plums.

Mere de vara/nyari alma/apples – Marioara, Bolic. Yippee

plums/prune/piros szilvaErzsika neni sister, Bicalat. Sorry if these were squashy! (rest assured that ours were squashier!!)

Nuts! Douglas thinks you won’t get much from them, but they are charming – hazlenuts/magaro/alune from Rasca – Claudia and her family.


Honey – Olimpia and Nelu.

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis. If you know anyone who is a fan of Alunis cheese, please do get them onto Gustare group and the order chart. G/K is the only weekly delivery to Cluj of Szilard’s cheese. New flavour from Szilard is coming up, Leurda/Medves hagyma flavoured cheese.

Kale – Agi neni

Dill stems, Farkas Eva

garlic – Bozse, Bicalat.

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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