I was a little better about taking photos of some of the harvests last week. This basket contains Black Beauty, Orient Express, and Diamond eggplants, some Musica green beans, zucchini, a few Pimento de Padron peppers and a couple of baby Chioggia beets. I made a bruschetta topping with some of the eggplant - roasted eggplant flesh seasoned with olive oil, garlic, mint, pepper flakes, and secret sauce - one of my favorite ways to use up extra eggplant.
Under ripe tomatoes snatched from the jaws of the raiding rodents. It only took a few days for them to color up nicely, but the flavor isn't quite what I want.
My first significant harvest of Di Sarno Calabrese broccoli.
It has a larger frillier leaf and looser flower head than most calabrese type broccolis, it seems quite similar to Spigariello broccoli. The only thing that I don't like about this broccoli is that it takes quite a while for the shoots to get to harvestable size, long enough for the aphids to get themselves established in the flower heads so I have to be extra vigilant about cleaning them. Fortunately, the looser flower heads are somewhat easy to clean but it is a bit tedious to have to inspect each and every head and wash the aphids out. The Piracicaba broccoli grows so quickly that the aphids don't generally find the flower heads before I harvest them so it tends to be much cleaner.
The Slenderette green beans have finished producing and the plants are looking ratty. With a little TLC they might be coaxed into a second crop but I can't be bothered so the plants will be pulled and replaced with some lettuce seedlings that are nearly ready to be transplanted.
The harvests for the week were:
Musica green beans - 5 lb., 10.7 oz.
Slenderette green beans - 8.4 oz. (the final harvest)
Chioggia beet thinnings - 3.3 oz.
Di Sarno Calabrese broccoli - 14.3 oz.
Piracicaba broccoli - 1 lb., 11.7 oz.
Golden Chard - 1 lb., 4.6 oz.
Black Beauty eggplant - 14.3 oz.
Diamond eggplant - 16.6 oz.
Orient Express eggplant - 1 lb., 8.4 oz.
Pimento de Padron peppers - 4.5 oz.
Aunt Ruby's German cherry tomatoes - 8 oz.
Chianti Rose Tomatoes - 14.4 oz.
Galinas cherry tomatoes - 5.3 oz.
Gigantesque tomatoes - 7.2 oz.
Japanese Trifele tomatoes - 7.2 oz.
Katja tomatoes - 1 lb., 3 oz.
Zucchini - 12.3 oz.
The total harvests for the week were - 18 lb., 10.2 oz.
The total harvests for the year have been - 340 lb., 14.6 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.