8 Ways to Cook with Unripe Produce

Is your produce too hard or too green? Don't let that stop you from eating it

Olive-Oil Poached Green Almonds with Dill
Olive Oil-Poached Green Almonds with Dill
Green almonds are a rare spring treat; simmering them in olive oil, orange juice, and aromatics mitigates their slightly bitter exterior, making them an irresistible cocktail party snack.Matt Taylor-Gross
Green Hummus
Green Hummus
This recipe comes from Jake Cohen, inspired by a similar hummus he tried while working at Restaurant Daniel in New York City. Fresh chickpeas provide a vibrant green color and brightness that pair well with the Asian flavors in this dip.Matt Taylor-Gross
Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)
Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)
At Seattle's Little Uncle, chefs Poncharee Kounpungchart and Wiley Frank dehydrate Oregon bay shrimp and crush them into a green papaya salad, where the crustaceans amp up the umami flavor.Ingalls Photography
Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)
Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)
Unripened mangoes are julienned and combined with chiles, garlic, and shallots to form the base of one of our favorite Southeast Asian salads,a refreshing adaptation of the more widely known version made with papaya.Todd Coleman
Green Tomato Chow
Green Tomato Chow
On Canada's Prince Edward Island, firm, underripe green tomatoes are transformed into a tangy-sweet condiment that is often served alongside salt cod cakes.Gemma and Andrew Ingalls
Mint and Green Mango Chutney
Mint and Green Mango Chutney
Green mango and aromatic mint combine to delicious effect for this tart, refreshing Indian purée. Green Thai chiles lend a spicy note, while cumin and the garlic-like powder asafoetida give an earthy backbone to the condiment.Ingalls Photography
Pickled Bananas (Guineos en Escabechea)
Pickled Bananas (Guineos en Escabechea)
Unripe, green bananas pickled in a garlicky brine make a refreshing condiment alongside the roast pork shoulder.Penny de los Santos
Fish, Green Banana, and Root Vegetable Soup (Tapou)
Fish, Green Banana, and Root Vegetable Soup (Tapou)
Tender root vegetables and fried fish make this garlicky stew a satisfying meal.Penny De Los Santos