Harvest Monday is here again and I've got a fat funky looking but still delicious head of Romanesco broccoli to show off. This head started to form early, one other plant at the moment is showing signs of one small head developing, and the other two plants in the garden seem to be on track to produce late winter or early spring heads as planned (I hope). The photos aren't the best since the low light required me to use the flash, but you'll still get an idea of how this head came out. There's lots of leaves growing up around each floret in the head so the head doesn't look typical.
Each floret also has a rather long stem. I cut off a number of florets from the bottom of the "head" before I started taking photographs. The florets that were cut off of this head weighed in at 1 1/2 pounds.
After cutting the main stem down some more the head weighed in at just shy of 4 pounds.
Now I've got the challenge of eating 5 pounds of Romanesco, but fortunately it keeps quite well in the refrigerator. The first florets were blanched and shocked to get rid of the aphids that had taken up residence, then I peeled the stems and cut it all into chunks and braised it with garlic, capers, and mild pepper flakes. I think I'll make a pureed soup with some of the rest of it, that will use up a big chunk.
The only other harvests for the week were some Lacinato and Portuguese kales that I used to make kale chips for the first time. Those were good! And easy. Just remove the mid ribs from the kale leaves, tear the leaves into pieces, toss with some olive oil to lightly coat the pieces, spread them out on a baking sheet and bake in a 300F oven for 30 minutes until crisp, sprinkle with salt and serve.
Here's the harvest totals for the week:
Lacinato kale - 5.75 oz.
Portuguese Dairyman's kale - 6.5 oz.
Romanesco broccoli - 5 lb., 6 oz.
The total for the week was - 6 lb., 2.25 oz.
The total for the year is - 692 lb., 3.25 oz.
Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over and check it out.