Summer vegetables are starting to come in in a small way. Here's the first Gigantesque tomato and the first Pimento de Padron peppers.
I also harvested the first zucchinis and their blossoms and had just enough to make one of my favorite zucchini recipes, Scarpaccia. Zucchini is thinly sliced and salted to remove some of the moisture and then mixed with the torn blossoms and some onions in a pancake-like batter and baked into a thin crisp edged tart with a creamy center - absolutely delicious. Perhaps I'll get some photos of the next zucchini harvest.
The second Mammoth Red Rock Cabbage came into its own this week. This beauty weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces as you see below.
I started collecting poppy seeds the week before last. The fresh seeds straight from the pods are reddish-brown and develop the characteristic silvery-purple color as they dry out. I've collected 18 ounces of fresh seeds so far and they dried down to 14 ounces.
The strawberry harvest includes the first of the Yellow Wonder wild strawberries, a tiny harvest with huge flavor. The rest of the strawberry harvest is down because of more rat trouble in the strawberry patch. This time the boogers are only going for the fruit. More traps . . . (score 3).
The totals shown below are for the last 2 weeks since I didn't do a Harvest Monday post last week:
Piracicaba Broccoli - 17.5 oz.
Mammoth Red Rock Cabbage - 7 lb. 10 oz.
Capers - 9 oz.
Chamomile - 2 oz.
Padron Peppers - 3.25 oz.
Poppy Seeds - 1 lb. 2 oz.
Mara des Bois Strawberries - 2.75 oz.
Seascape Strawberries - 9.5 oz.
Yellow Wonder Strawberries - .5 oz.
Gigantesque tomato - 14.5 oz.
Da Fiori Zucchini - 8 oz.
Zucchini blossoms - 4.75 oz.
Total for the 2 weeks - 13 lb., 3.75 oz.
Total for the year - 259 lb., 4.75 oz.
11 eggs for 2 weeks (lazy girls)
You can check out more harvests at Daphne's Dandelions, the home of Harvest Monday.