Misfits Market offers a selection of fruits and vegetables tagged as “misfits,” or those produce that look weird but are definitely ideal for consumption. They source the products from organic farms and offer to subscribers for a much lower price than grocery stores. Their mission is to reduce food waste while providing affordable, organic, and healthy products to the world. You can choose from two types of boxes depending on your needs: Mischief Box ($22) is good for 1-2 people and Madness Box ($35) is good for 3-5. This is the review of the Madness Box. DEAL: Get 25% off your first order! Use coupon code COOKWME-ZD6KQM. The items arrived in a brown cardboard box with Misfits Market branding. It was well-packed and sealed with brown folder to keep the items inside intact. The box is fully insulated inside, making sure that all the vegetables and fruits are protected from any possible damage or spoilage. All the items are arranged accordingly. The large and heavy fruits and vegetables are placed at the bottom while the light ones are on top. The box includes a sheet that lists all the goods in our box! At the back, there are tips on how to store and use fennel, Tommy Atkins mango, snap peas, and French breakfast radish. They may be funny-looking but they’re all good! Everything in my box! Our account has access to customization (they are still rolling it out), so we’re able to choose a set amount of produce in 3 categories. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to this! Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats ($8.49) It’s a bag of all-organic, whole grain oats which makes a great source of fiber. Aside from keeping your digestive system on track, it also helps prevent the risk of heart disease. It’s non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher as well. This appeared instead of one of our selected items. In a COVID-19 lockdown, we’ll take it! I didn’t even bother reaching out. On to the produce! First up are the green bell peppers and Anaheim peppers. Anaheim Peppers. These are a mild variety of Chile pepper typically used in Mexican and Southwestern cooking. It brings a fantastic flavor and some added heat to any type of dish. Bell Peppers. These bell peppers are low in calories and rich in vitamin C! We got 2 small ones and 2 big ones. The big ones are perfect for making stuffed peppers while the small ones can be cut into smaller pieces and added on salads or even as a topping on pizza! We also have different root veggies in our box, including turnips, onions, and fennel. Turnips. These turnips were still crunchy when we got them! The texture is similar to a carrot and a taste is similar to a potato. Turnips are also high in fiber and low in calories, perfect for adding on salads and other healthy dishes. Onions. Our box wouldn’t be complete without this kitchen staple! We have 3 big onions in the box, and it’s nice to have them in handy for sauteing and cooking all sorts of meals. Fennel. It’s a Mediterranean herb known for its odd appearance and a sweet anise taste. Fennel features a huge white bulb at the bottom and stalks that look like celery. What’s awesome is that all of its parts are edible! We also got a pair of yellow squash and zucchini. Zucchini. My favorite veggie! Some people feel a zucchini overload in the summer, but I can’t ever get enough. They’re so versatile – you can make zucchini noodles (zoodles!) with them, cook with them shredded, chopped, and more!
Yellow Squash. These veggies feature a fat bottom that dwindles towards the neck. Yellow squash is perfect for sauteing and baking, and it’s also a rich source of vitamins and minerals! Next up we have eggplant, cauliflower, and mixed winter squash. Butternut Squash. It’s the sweetest winter squash with a thick, bright orange, moist flesh that contains very few seeds. This squash features an elongated pear shape with a thin, pale tan skin that is really easy to peel. Eggplant. The eggplant is a nightshade vegetable, just like potatoes, tomatoes, and pepper, which originated from India and Asia. It has a rich, meaty inside that takes gets softer, creamy, or hearty texture making it a good alternative for meats. Cauliflower. This vegetable is considered to be one of the healthiest food on earth! Cauliflower contains a high level of anti-inflammatory compounds, carotenoids, tocopherols, and ascorbic acid. It’s also perfect for those who want to lose weight as it’s low in calories. Our box also has fruits such as apples, oranges, grapefruits, and mangoes. Apples. Apples are a popular fruit that contains antioxidants, vitamins, dietary fiber, and a range of other nutrients. We got 4 Fiji apples in the box and they were sweet and delectable! Mangoes. Like apple, mangoes are also one of the most popular fruits. They are delicious seasonal fruits that usually grows in tropical places. They are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The ones we got were rich and juicy. They were sweet and just a bit tart. Grapefruits. These grapefruits didn’t disappoint either, they were juicy and refreshing. It’s a rich source of dietary fiber and lycopene that helps improve body’s immune system! Cara Cara Oranges. Like other citrus fruits, oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C. It’s also a great source of fiber and other nutrients that help boost the immune system. We have 2 cara cara oranges in the box and we loved munching on them right after peeling, but they’re also perfect for making juices! Here are more fruits, avocado and dates. Avocados. Also known as alligator pear, avocado is high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and palmitoleic acids that help lower bad cholesterol. It even has vitamins A, E, and K concentrated in its creamy pulp. We love making guacamole and these avocados were perfect because they have a rich, thick, and buttery texture. This is an add-on grocery item! It was $2.99 and worth every penny. Amazing Coachella Medjool Dates These dates were grown and carefully handpicked in Sunny Southern California, USA. This is an add-on item, and cost us $4.99. These dates are recommended to be refrigerated or frozen to keep them fresh. These dates are organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO. They are also a great source of fiber and free from saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Each piece features a rich caramelesque flavor with chewy, moist texture! Now, we’re on to cooking! We used the eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, bell pepper, and onion for making a ratatouille. We sauteed the bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions for a minute or two and then transferred it to a large bowl. We then thinly sliced the zucchini, yellow squash, and eggplant into thin slices. After slicing, we arranged them in alternating positions. We transferred the sliced squash, eggplant, and zucchini on top of the sauteed veggies and sprinkled some French herbs and spices on top. We baked it for about 30 minutes to produce this delicious veggie dish!
The veggies were so juicy, tasty, and absolutely yummy!
Just like Rémy!
There’s definitely a lot of things you can do with avocados! We opted to make a delicious guacamole dip using the avocadoes in our box. First, we peeled, pitted, and mashed the avocadoes, then added a pinch of salt and a splash of lime juice. We then mixed in onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic. The quality was stunning! We refrigerated it for an hour and served it together with baked pita. So yummy! After every meal, it’s really great to follow up with fresh fruits! We placed all our fruits on a large plate. All the fruits were fresh and juicy! The grapefruit and mango are so refreshing. We think they would be great for juices or smoothies as well but our fruit never lasts that long! The apples were sweet and oranges weren’t overly tart. My kids loved them! So did I. The apples were perhaps the best I’d ever eaten and the oranges were nearly so. It was mind-blowing. We totally ate this entire plate of fruit in minutes. See the nice reddish tint of the oranges? You can tell they’re really Cara Cara, which just have a delicious flavor. The main ingredient for our next recipe is the fennel. We sliced the fennel into thin pieces, topped them with shredded parmesan cheese, and baked them. Here’s our own baked fennel! They turned out sweet and tasty! For the butternut squash, we peeled and diced it to small pieces. Once done, we also baked the small pieces until they became bright orange in color. Each cube features a crispy texture on the outside. They were also a bit sweet. For our last recipe, we made roasted cauliflower! We cut the head of the cauliflower into large florets, tossed with oil, and seasoned them with some salt and pepper. We roasted them until they became tender. Misfits Market is quite impressive! This is our second box from them and it contains a variety of “misfit” fruits and veggies. Their physical looks might not be at par with those produce you can buy in stores, but they’re just as fresh, tasty, and healthy. We loved everything we got this month, and we loved cooking them for our meals, especially the veggies. Getting these items in one box for an affordable price while helping reduce food waste is truly a great deal!
What do you think of this month’s box?