Monday, April 25, 2011
Harvest Monday - April 25, 2011
My husband is ever so happy that the fava bean harvests have started, they are one of his favorite vegetables. That's one of the first small harvests from about a week ago, a little over one pound of pods and about 1 1/2 ounces of tender young fava leaves. I grilled the tenderest pods to be eaten whole and the other half of the harvest was shelled, peeled, and chopped to be included in a saute of the fava leaves and some pea shoots. Unfortunately I used some crumbled peppers from a mislabeled jar of dried peppers to season both preparations and the dishes turned out to be almost unbearably spicy. Other than the excessive level of spice the dishes were still quite good and I did another variation on the sauteed fava leaves a few nights later combined with spinach instead of pea shoots and seasoned with pine nuts and zante currants instead of incendiary peppers. That recipe went over much better! When I finally harvested enough beans to get 1 1/2 cups of shelled and peeled beans I made one of my husband's favorite fava dishes, a spread/dip made by pureeing the blanched beans with lemon juice, olive oil, ground cumin and a touch of salt. Very simple, other than the shucking and peeling, and very tasty. It's delicious paired with some tangy feta cheese on crackers or toast.
Yesterdays San Francisco Chronicle has a recipe for whole roasted fava beans that is a little different from the grilled favas that I did. I'm going to give this method of using whole fava pods a try with some beans from my next harvest. If you only have a few pods to harvest or you don't want to go through the process of shucking and peeling the inner beans you too might give this a try. If you're curious to try fava leaves the Chronicle also has a short article about using fava leaves that I found to be helpful.
The rest of the harvests lately have been much the same as in weeks past, here they are:
Golden Chard thinnings - 1 oz.
Couve Tronchuda (Portuguese Cabbage) - 14.8 oz.
Fava Beans - 6 lb., 7 oz.
Fava Leaves - 5 oz.
Green Garlic - 13 oz.
Butterhead Lettuce - 1 lb., 14 oz.
Sweetie Baby Romaine Lettuce - 8 oz.
Snow Pea Shoots - 4 oz.
Guntmadingen Spinach - 6.4 oz.
Yu Choy - 15 oz.
The harvests for the last three weeks were - 12 lb., 8 oz.
The total harvests for the year are - 43 lb., 3 oz.
Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers have been harvesting lately.