Monday, January 3, 2011
Harvest Monday - January 3, 2011
My last harvest for 2010 was, of all things, chile peppers! The Rocotillo plant that I have overwintering indoors yielded 9 more ounces of good peppers when I finally stripped it on December 28. And the Suave Orange plant that is enduring winter outdoors in a protected corner yielded 1.25 ounces of ripe peppers. When I checked my spreadsheet of 2010 harvests I was amazed to see that the Rocotillo plant produced more than a pound of peppers last year. I sure hope that that plant makes it through the winter in one piece. Unfortunately the branches have a tendency to, well, not fall off the plant but they do break off easily and I've already lost, um, knocked off four.
My first harvest for 2011 wasn't photographed but I'm sure you would recognize it if you saw it, it was 9 ounces of Lacinato kale. I barely remembered to weigh the harvest. I've harvested so little lately that I'm getting out of practice. I used the kale to make one of my husband's favorite hearty, healthy, peasanty dishes. I tore the kale into pieces and braised it with sauteed garlic, a splash of Vietnamese fish sauce (aka Secret Sauce for the less adventurous eaters), and water to cover until it was quite tender. The braised kale was piled on top of toasted rustic bread along with the braising liquid (be sure to do this in a warm bowl), topped with a couple of soft poached eggs, drizzled with some bright green new olive oil (Olio Nuovo from McEvoy Ranch), and sprinkled with flakes of slow toasted Aji Angelo peppers. Yum!
The chile pepper harvest brought my total harvests for 2010 to 711 lb., 1.5 oz.
The harvest total for 2011 is off to a whopping start with 9 oz.
I'm not going to do a 2010 harvest recap here but if you're interested in seeing what I harvested during the year I've put spreadsheets of all my 2010 harvests along with most of the photos that appeared on my Harvest Monday posts on a separate page which you will find here.
Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there and check it out!