Orchids (freshly back at the markets) are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Markets. Locally-grown Orchids are a great way to add a little splash to your palate over the holidays. Their colorful (and sometimes fragrant) blooms are generally quite prolific, and can last several weeks. Best of all, with minimal care and a little TLC, Orchids can live many years; often blooming many times in a single year (even here in the desert!).
Did you know: The Orchid family is the largest family of the flowering plants in the world. There are more than 22,000 accepted species, and there may be as many as 25,000 (because of taxonomic disputes). But even 25,000 is dwarfed when one takes into account the astounding number of hybrid orchids – over 100,000!
Price: $10 and up.