Monday, June 7, 2010
Harvest Monday - June 7, 2010
I harvested the first snow peas this week. That's the first handful shown above, it's 2 varieties, Green Beauty and Yellow Giant. The Yellow Giant peas are the 3 smallest peas on the bottom. I'm not sure how this variety got its name, neither the peas nor the plants are yellow and they certainly aren't giant either, growing to about half the height of the Green Beautys.
We're finally getting summer-like weather which accelerated the pea harvest. I picked the 3 ounces shown above and then 4 days later another 11 ounces. The purple snap peas also started coming in quickly, barely keeping ahead of the spread of powdery mildew in the plants. I harvested enough of the snap peas to make a quart of pickles. You can see what an amazing color the pickling solution picked up from the peas.
I suspect that all the color will be pulled out of the peas by the time they are ready to eat. We'll see 30 days from now. I've found that the best way to retain the color in the cooked peas is to simply steam them.
The hard neck garlic was ready to harvest and I dug them up on Saturday. The rest of the varieties need more time. I haven't weighed the garlic yet since it still has the stems attached, but when it is cured and trimmed I'll add them to the harvest totals. Anyway, I pulled about 50 heads . . .
The only other "new" item was the first Devoy beet which I didn't take a photo of. The greens were used to make a savory galette yesterday and I roasted the root to use in a salad later this week. The color of the stems and root is an deep intense pink, not as red as a typical red beet but close, it's very pretty.
Oh, I forgot, I harvested a couple of Gigante kohlrabi that were taking up valuable space. I couldn't wait for them to size up anymore so out them came and in went the eggplant which had been sitting in the wings in 1 gallon pots.
Here's the totals for this week:
Devoy Beet - 1 lb, 8 oz (includes greens)
Piracicaba Broccoli - 14.75 oz
Capers - 2.75 oz
Gigante Kohlrabi - 14.25 oz
Sugar Magnolia Purple Snap Peas - 2 lb
Mixed Snow Peas - 14.25 oz
Romanesco Natalino - 1 lb, 7 oz
Strawberries - 1 lb, 8.75 oz
Total for the week - 9 lb, 9 oz
Total for the year - 222 lb, 4.25 oz
14 eggs this week
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