Monday, May 3, 2010
Harvest Monday - May 3, 2010
It was time to pull most of the Burpee's Golden Beets this week because they were on the verge of bolting. These were roasted and have been featured in a couple of salads this week. I still have one of them left in the refrigerator, it will probably go into another salad. We've had a few large salads in the past week because the lettuce is also on the verge of bolting. Last night I used most of one head of butterhead in a Roman pasta dish that features fava beans, pancetta and shreds of the heart of the lettuce. It was really good, I'd never tried cooked lettuce before. The book that that recipe came from (Cooking the Roman Way by David Downie) also has a recipe for stuffed lettuce, like stuffed artichokes, that I want to try (there's more butterhead lettuce that needs to be picked).
The fava harvest is continuing in a big way. Saturday I picked 25 pounds of beans, with my husband in the garden to catch the beans again. This time he helped with the shucking and peeling, all the way to the bitter end. Sunday morning we started pulling cookbooks off the shelf in search of recipes to use up some of the four and a half pounds of peeled beans that we netted. There's a few recipes for spring vegetable stews that I may try, but that requires a trip to the farmers market for peas and artichokes.
Here's the harvest totals for the week:
Burpee's Golden beets - 3 lb., 2 oz.
Piracicaba Broccoli - 6.25 oz.
Fava beans - 25 lb.
Green Garlic - 10.75 oz.
Butterhead lettuce - 1 lb., 8 oz.
Cimmaron lettuce - 5.5 oz. (there was more but I forgot to weigh it)
Noga lettuce - 2 oz. (there was more that I forgot to weigh)
Even' Star Rapa - 14.5 oz.
Strawberries - 11.25 oz.
The total for the week was - 32 lb., 12.25 oz.
The total for the year has been - 144 lb., 13.75 oz.
8 eggs this week (the girls haven't been lazy, I only collected on 2 days)
There are more harvests to ogle and inspire on Daphne's Dandelions, the home of Harvest Monday. See you there!