On the left is my first picking of Tronchuda Beira, it's a non-heading cabbage (often identified as kale) from Portugal that is traditionally used to make Caldo Verde. I love Caldo Verde, a simple soup made with onions, potatoes, lots of very thin slivers of Tronchuda cabbage, some Portuguese chouriço and seasonings. There are recipes to be found all over the web but most of them call for kale or collard greens because Tronchuda cabbage is rarely to be found. It used to be almost impossible to get seeds for this vegetable but I've noticed that it is getting to be easier to find. My seeds came from Renee's Garden seeds and I found the packet on the rack at the local hardware store. This bunch, however, didn't go into the first batch of Caldo Verde for the season, it was used in my annual post-Thanksgiving turkey soup. The Dorato di Asti celery on the right also went into the soup.
That's the only photograph for the week, if you've been by here anytime in the past few weeks you likely know what the rest of my harvests look like. A lot of them were what I gleaned from some of the tomato plants when I pulled them out. Some of the pepper plants are producing their final (probably) harvests but I haven't pulled them out yet.
The weather for the past week has been mostly rainy, but it has also been unusually warm. It seemed like a classic Pineapple Express (an atmospheric river of moisture flowing from Hawaii to the west coast) but I didn't hear anyone use that term. It was just plain weird to be out on a rainy evening in November/December and not need a warm coat.
Here's the harvests for the past week:
Apollo broccoli - 1.6 oz.
Dorato di Asti celery - 4.4 oz.
Tronchuda Beira cabbage - 13.8 oz.
Parade "scallions" - 1 lb., 14 oz.
Big Jim numex peppers - 1 lb., 4.8 oz.
Sigaretta Dolce peppers - 7.5 oz.
Amish Paste tomatoes - 5 lb., 1.1 oz.
Fiaschetto tomatoes - 3 lb., 1 oz.
Jaune Flamme tomatoes - 4 oz.
Nyagous tomatoes - 5.8 oz.
Rosabec tomatoes - 1 lb., 1.7 oz.
The harvests for the past week came to - 14 lb., 11.7 oz.
Which brings the harvests for the year up to - 733 lb., 7.8 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.