Harvest Monday is here again. Things are slowing down in my garden these days, we do have something resembling winter here.
The first harvest last week was a picking of Piracicaba broccoli shoots, Kefe Beinwil snow peas, Opal Creek Golden snap peas and various chile peppers. Those are mostly hot peppers with the exception of the yellow peppers at the top which are Grenada Seasoning, a mild cousin of the habaneros. To the right of the Grenada Seasoning peppers are Habanero Long Chocolate, the real deal, although not as hot as some varieties of habaneros. The small yellow peppers are Pimento de Cheiros, pretty hot but less so than the habaneros. The yellow peppers on the bottom left are Datils. All those peppers are Capsicum chinense and they all ripen very late in my garden. Most of the plants didn't set very many pods so that is probably the bulk of my harvest. That's ok, I don't use hot chiles very often. I put the hot chiles in containers and freeze them whole.
I cut a few amaranth seed heads to add to the sunflowers that my husband brought home. He pronounced the amaranth "weird" but it seemed to grow on him once his mom declared it fantastic and said she wouldn't leave without some!
Saturday I harvested more broccoli, snow peas, snap peas, and some dried Petaluma Gold Rush beans. And whoo hoo, the long anticipated first egg!
Sunday brought in another bowlful of Pimento de Padron peppers. The plants are covered in small peppers which take a long time to size up now that the days are short and the nights are cold, but the eventually get large enough to pick and they're still delicious.
Also harvested this week was a very large bunch of Portuguese kale that was braised for Thanksgiving dinner and a smaller bunch of Lacinato kale that was included in last nights Turkey Vegetable soup with Posole. I never seem to get photos of my kale harvests, probably because I always harvest it for immediate consumption. And the parsley patch is still very productive so I've been harvesting that regularly.
Go see what other garden bloggers are harvesting at Daphne's Dandelions, our host for Harvest Mondays.