Take a look around any decent-size farmers' market and you'll probably find an assortment of Asian vegetables alongside the piles of fresh corn and displays of heirloom tomatoes. "Asian vegetables are showing up at farmers' markets (and supermarkets) because there are huge Asian communities around the United States that want to eat the vegetables they're familiar with, says Linda Bladholm, author of The Asian Grocery Store Demystified. "Growers are catering to them as well as other customers who have bought cookbooks and woks and want to try cooking authentic Asian dishes at home. Plus, Asian food is well-known for being healthy and relatively low in fat."
Don't know a head of bok choy from a bunch of Chinese broccoli? The following recipes offer an easy introduction to four of the most common Asian ingredients at farmers' markets.