Monday, June 21, 2010
Harvest Monday - June 21, 2010
The harvests of fresh vegetables are slowing down a bit at the moment as the garden transitions from spring to summer vegetables. The biggest item on the list is the dried fava beans. I've been doing a little reading about the uses of dried favas and am looking forward to experimenting with them. Dried favas can substituted for chickpeas to make hummus or felafel. I've seen recipes for simple purees and snacks made from soaked and fried beans. Soup is also a good use for the dried beans. And I'm sure there's much more. One thing I'm curious about is how the purple beans are going to turn out after soaking. Most of the recipes I've seen for large dried beans like these call for peeling them after soaking so I'm wondering if the beans inside will pick up some of the color, I'll find out.
The strawberries have been coming in at a nice steady pace, about 1 1/3 pounds a week for the last three weeks. And I finally tasted the first Mara des Bois! I picked 2 berries yesterday and shared them with my husband. It's a little difficult to judge based on tasting only one petite berry. Compared to the Seascape berries I found it to be less acidic and more tender. It didn't have as much aroma as a wild strawberry, something the literature about them claims, but it had a certain "strawberryness" that most commerically grown berries certainly lack. I wasn't disappointed and I'm really looking forward to tasting more.
Here's the harvest totals for the week:
Piracicaba broccoli - 5.25 oz
Capers - 8.5 oz
Chamomile - 1 oz
Golden Chard (first from new plants) - 1 lb 7 oz
Dried Favas - 2 lb 13 oz
Noga Romaine lettuce (the last head) - 9.75 oz
Snow Peas (final harvest) - 3.75 oz
Strawberries - 1 lb 5.5 oz
Total for the week - 7 lb 5.75 oz
Total for the year - 240 lb 4.75 oz
13 eggs this week
If you've got a harvest to show off or if you just want to ogle what other garden bloggers are harvesting head on over to Daphne's Dandelions, the home of Harvest Monday.