The harvests are starting to look more summery lately and the same can be said for the weather, we've had temperatures in the mid to high 80's. Tomatoes are ripening, at least the early varieties, below are shown a Katja (the pink one on the left) and three Gigantesque tomatoes along with that superzuke. Those 4 tomatoes weighed in at 2 lb., 6 oz. and the zucchini almost 5 ounces (including the blossom). A few cherry tomatoes have been trickling in but the rest of the tomato varieties are still rock hard solid green.
Most of the tomatoes have been used in salads but last night I diced a couple of small misshapen ones and mixed them with some diced Walla Walla onion, basil, capers, olive oil and balsamico and piled it on garlic rubbed toast to make some delicious bruschetta.
I've been harvesting chamomile blossoms for a few weeks now. It's amazing to me how many blossoms just a few small plants have been pumping out. It took only an ounce to fill that dehydrator tray. I've collected a total of 6 ounces so far and should get at least a few more pickings. That will be enough to get me through the winter.
The only other new item in the harvest basket was a sampling of Pimiento Cuerno de Cabra peppers. It's supposed to be a sweet seasoning pepper but it looks like it would make a good frying pepper so I tried a few green ones pan fried with some of the Pimento de Padrons and they were very tasty.
The Golden Chard has been growing like crazy and I picked a huge bunch of it. The chickens got the leaves that the leaf miners attacked and I used the other 2+ pounds to make a gratin. If I get around to writing up the recipe I'll post it later.
Here's the totals for the past week:
Devoy beets w/ leaves (the last) - 3 lbs.
Piracicaba broccoli - 1 lb., 12.5 oz.
Capers - 4.25 oz.
Chamomile - 2.5 oz.
Golden Chard - 2 lb., 4.25 oz.
Butterhead lettuce - 6.5 oz.
Pimiento Cuerno de Cabra peppers - .5 oz.
Pimento de Padron peppers - 5.5 oz.
Monticello Poppy Seeds - 15.75 oz.
Yellow Wonder Strawberries - .25 oz.
Aunt Ruby's German Cherry Tomato - 1 oz.
Galinas Cherry Tomato - 2.5 oz.
Gigantesque Tomato - 5 lb.
Katja Tomato - 2 lb., 6.75 oz.
Zucchini - 1 lb., .5 oz.
Zucchini blossoms - 6 oz.
Total for the week - 18 lb., 5 oz.
Total for the year - 277 lb., 9.75 oz.
11 eggs last week
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