Something new in the harvest basket! The Diamante celery root is ready to harvest and here's the first one. This formidable looking vegetable needs some serious trimming to get to the good stuff. With skin and knobs still attached, but no stems, this specimen came in at 2 lb., 13 oz, and after trimming I netted about 2 1/3 pounds. I made a celery root and dried fava bean puree with half of it and celery root remoulade salad with the other half.
And here's my growing stash of dried Petaluma Gold Rush beans, this is 5 pounds of beans and I still have one more basket of beans to shell. There's plenty of beans for both eating and sharing as seeds.
Yesterday we had some rainy weather come through so before it hit my husband and I picked the remaining tomatoes that were edible looking. You can see that some of them have small bad spots but if I use those right away they should be ok. There were a lot of overripe and rotting tomatoes on the plants, penance for 3 weeks away. The late producing Lenny & Gracie's Kentucky Heirloom were the most prolific. Had I been around during the past three weeks I think that the harvests would have been impressive. The other late tomato that I'm growing, Not Wes, didn't fare well, the plant succumbed to some disease and the many tomatoes on the vine were mostly shriveled or rotting.
Not photographed were a couple of pounds of Malaysian Dark Red eggplants that I used to try to replicate a dish that we enjoyed in Italy. It was bruschetta topped with a mixture of chopped flesh of roasted eggplants, olive oil, garlic, and mint. I also seasoned the eggplant with a dash of red wine vinegar to brighten the flavors. If memory serves me correctly I came pretty close to the delicious original.
Here's the harvest totals for the week plus a bit that I harvested back in September before I left for vacation:
Petaluma Gold Rush beans - 3 lb., 11 oz.
Diamante celery root - 2 lb., 13 oz.
Malaysian Dark Red eggplant - 6 lb.
Portuguese Dairyman's kale - 1 lb., 3 oz.
Sweetie Baby romaine lettuce - 1 lb.
Ananas Noir tomatoes - 2 lb., 11 oz.
Andine Cornue tomatoes - 3 lb., 4 oz.
Aunt Ruby's cherry tomatoes - 2 lb., 10 oz.
Chocolate Stripes tomatoes - 14 oz.
Galinas cherry tomatoes - 2 lb., 2 oz.
Gigantesque tomatoes - 1 lb., 15 oz.
Lenny and Gracie tomatoes - 5 lb., 6 oz.
Not Wes tomatoes - 4.75 oz.
The total harvest for the period was 34 lb., 2.5 oz.
The harvest totals for the year are 578 lb., 11 oz.
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