Maine Grown World Crops

Specialty produce from Maine farms to your table: Introducing new crops that recognize our cultural diversity and create market opportunities for Maine farmers

For results of the 2016 pilot growing year, click here.

Amaranth

Also known as: Callaloo

Amaranth

Healthy and nutritious substitute for kale, spinach, or lettuce.

How to use: Steam, sautee, or stir fry these greens for a delicious and healthy dish.

Storage: Keep refrigerated in a plastic bag and use within 7 days.

Pasta & Amaranth Recipe

Grown at: Lakeside Family Farm, Fresh Start Farm
Sold at: Hannaford (Portland & Lewiston), Portland Food Co-Op, Rosemont Market

 

 

Molokhia

Also known as: Jute mallow, Lalu

MolokhiaThis powerful antioxidant is rich in iron and 32 other vitamins.

How to use: Steam and flavor with garlic and spices- often used in soups or stews.

Storage: Keep refrigerated in a plastic bag and use within 7 days.

Egyptian-Style Molokhia Recipe

Grown at: Fresh Start Farm
Sold at: Portland Food Co-Op, Rosemont Market

 

 

Mustard Greens

Also known as: Indian or Chinese mustard

MustardHighly nutritious antioxidant that helps with inflammation.

How to use: Can be eaten raw or cooked- often sauteed or mixed with other greens.

Storage: Discard any wilted or yellow leaves and store in plastic bags inside the refrigerator. Mustard greens will do best under slightly moist conditions and last up to 5 days.

Simple Sauteed Mustard Greens Recipe

Grown at: Lakeside Family Farm, Fresh Start Farm
Sold at: Hannaford (Portland & Lewiston), Rosemont Market

 

 

African Eggplant

Also known as: Scarlet eggplant, Garden egg

eggplantrackHighly nutritious with a firm texture and bitter taste.

How to use: Best enjoyed braised alongside something sweet.

Storage: Sensitive to cold and hot temperatures, and store best unrefrigerated in a cool environment. Once cut, eggplants can be stored in the refrigerator where they will last 1-3 days.

Eggplant Curry Recipe

Grown at: Jordan’s Farm, Fresh Start Farm
Sold at: Portland Food Co-Op, Rosemont Market, Root Cellar, Veranda Street

 

 

Fava Beans

Also known as: Broad beans, French beans

Favarack

High in minerals and nutrients including iron, fiber, and vitamin C. Low in sodium and fat.

How to use: Raw beans can be prepared with spring vegetables or added to soups and salads. Beans can also be boiled or sauteed.

Storage: Keep refrigerated in a tightly sealed plastic bag and use within 5-7 days.

Moroccan Fava Bean Salad

Grown at: Lakeside Family Farm, Jordan’s Farm
Sold at: Hannaford (Portland & Lewiston), Veranda Street

 

 

Growers: Lakeside Family Farm, Fresh Start Farm: Cultivating Community, Jordan’s Farm

Retail partners: Good Shepherd Food Bank, Portland Food Co-op, Hannaford (Portland & Lewiston), Root Cellar (Portland), Veranda Street, Rosemont Market

Initial funders include the Maine Department of Agriculture, Sewall Foundation, Broad Reach Fund, Conservation, and Forestry.

Market research was led by USM MBA students supervised by professor Bob Heiser, The Williams Agency in Boston, and the Psi Upsilon Fellows from Bowdoin College.

CEI looks forward to sharing results of this pilot project throughout Maine’s farm community.

For more information, contact: michelle.smith@ceimaine.org