I don't keep track of and generally don't bother to report on what are usually pretty minor harvests of fruit from my garden, but this past week I harvested two baskets of grapes. What's really remarkable about these grapes is that they are coming off of a vine that is totally neglected, in fact I never got around to properly planting it. It is sitting in a big plastic pot wedged up against a hedge of rosemary, it sent its roots through the openings in the bottom of the pot and is now happily sending its vines through the rosemary hedge. Last year it produced a few bunches of grapes that were consumed primarily by birds and rats. This year there are bunches of grapes hanging everywhere. The grapes are pretty small but they are flavorful. My lazy Dave doesn't want to bother with them though because the stems tend to break off with the grape and he doesn't like that. So I sat down and went through a couple of baskets of them, plucking off the grapes that hadn't split or been pecked at, then I dusted off my old dehydrator and now I've got a quart jar full of raisins.
Don't laugh, I know I've already got more zucchini than I can deal with, but I just couldn't resist trying another type of summer squash this year. That's the first Tromba d'Albenga squash of the season, you can tell that it didn't get pollinated because the bulb at the end is so small. This squash is a Curcurbita moschata, the same type of squash as butternut squash. These can be harvested at all stages of their development, from babies to be prepared as summer squash and any time until they turn into hard skinned winter squashes. In their winter squash form they are very much like butternut squash. This same squash goes by a number of names - Zucchino Rampicante, Tromboncino, Zucca d'Albenga. It is a vining plant so it can be trained up a trellis which is what I have done. The hanging trombone shaped squashes are quite attractive. And the squash is delicious with a nice firm texture since the seeds only form in the bulb at the end of the squash. Oh, and for those of you who are plagued by
One more new thing from the garden is the first little Amish Paste tomato shown below between the eggplants and another Tromba squash.
The bean harvests are still generous and the cucumbers come in at a manageable pace.
I'm harvesting lots of Padron peppers.
The Sweet Gold cherry tomatoes are steadily ripening, yum these are good!
One morning I harvested all the blooming zucchinis.
Which were promptly turned into a Ricotta and Zucchini flan. I'm still not satisfied with the way this came out, it was good but not great. I'll keep working on this dish and when I get it right I'll post the recipe.
More of the usual suspects...
|Golden Gate and Musica beans|
|Sweet Gold and Isis Candy cherry tomatoes|
Garden Oasis cucumbers and Padron peppers
Ah, the first harvest from the new patch of Speedy Arugula.
And the first harvest of dried beans for the season.
|Black Coco beans|
|Rosso di Lucca beans|
Other harvests not photographed last week included more broccoli shoots, cutting greens, and onions which I've been weighing as I use them. I used part of the huge cauliflower I showed last week to make Smashed Cauliflower with Caramelized Garlic (thanks for the inspiration Dave V.). Sorry, I still need to write up the recipe and put it on my recipe blog.
Here's the details of the harvests last week:
Speedy arugula - 1 lb., .5 oz.
Golden Gate beans - 1 lb., 6.9 oz.
Musica beans - 2 lb., 4.8 oz.
Black Coco beans - 1 lb., 4 oz.
Rosso di Lucca beans - 1 lb., 3.9 oz.
Di Ciccio broccoli - 1 lb., 11.4 oz.
Tokyo Bekana napa cabbage - 1 lb.
Garden Oasis cucumbers - 1 lb., 8.3 oz.
Salangana eggplants - 1 lb., 14.4 oz.
Baby Portuguese kale - 7.3 oz.
Ruby Streaks mizuna - 2.9 oz.
Candy onion - 1 lb., 2.2 oz.
Purple Pac Choi - 6.5 oz.
Padron peppers - 1 lb., 8.9 oz.
Amish Paste tomato - 1.7 oz.
Isis Candy cherry tomatoes - 1.4 oz.
Jaune Flamme tomatoes - 8.1 oz.
Sweet Gold cherry tomatoes - 2 lb., .1 oz.
Romanesco zucchini - 6 lb., 7.8 oz.
Tromba d'Albegna squash - 3 lb., .7 oz.
The total harvests for the past week were - 29 lb., 11.7 oz. (13.5 kg.)
Which brings the total harvests for 2014 up to - 494 lb., 2.3 oz. (224.1 kg.)
Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers have been harvesting lately.