There was a fair amount of variety in the harvests this past week. A few new items hit the harvest basket along with some of the "regulars" that we've been enjoying for the past few weeks.
Zucchini season has started, that's the first Romanesco zucchini up there on the left. The beet harvest continued with one Baby Ball, a couple of Chioggia, and a few Golden Beets.
Zucchini blossoms are always a treat! The Ortolano di Faenza plant put out a bunch of male blossoms which I promptly harvested and incorporated into a frittata. The lettuce harvest is in high gear. The butterhead lettuces are looking a bit ragged around the edges and that one above had some tipburn on the inner leaves but most of it was lovely. The napa cabbages are coming in fast also, and some of them have some sort of problem with browning on the inner leaves which I can't figure out, but most of the head is still quite good in spite of the problem. That's the last significant harvest of fava beans. I just cut the plants down to the ground yesterday so the season is officially over.
There were a number of miscellaneous vegetables ready to harvest that day in addition to the lettuce, cabbage, favas, and flowers.
Purple Peacock broccoli, it got away from me in a snap and started to bloom. It was still sweet and delicious. This went into the frittata with the zucchini blossoms.
A couple of very fresh heads of Lorz Italian garlic which was also destined for the frittata. Yes, both heads, they were very small and garlic is oh so mild when it is freshly pulled. That's the first Ortolano di Faenza zucchini, a petite and tender sweet that I sliced thin and put into, no, not the frittata, my lunch salad.
Baby fennel, thinnings from the fennel patch. I've been slicing the "bulbs" very finely on a mandoline and adding them to my lunch salads. Most of the tops were still quite tender so I chopped them and used them in a soup with one of the heads of napa cabbage.
These are the first significant sized Deep Purple hybrid carrots that I've harvested.
They were also thinly sliced on my trusty (slightly rusty) Benriner Japanese mandoline (I also have a big heavy fancy French mandoline that I bring out for big jobs).
There's a bit of variation in how purple each root is. These are quite pretty and pretty tasty as well, not quite as sweet as orange carrots but still good and so pretty in a mixed salad.
Another harvest of butterhead and iceberg lettuce (another yummy wedge salad!). And more carrot thinnings - Circus circus mix on the left, Deep Purple center, and Sugarsnax on the right. All destined for the salad bowl.
I harvested all the baby pak choi that I planted on the edge of the zucchini bed, they sized up just in time, the zucchini leaves were just starting to edge into their space. I used half of these last night in a stir fry with spicy bean sauce and (oh gasp!) shredded duck confit. Purists may be shocked at my addition of duck confit to a stir fry, but it was there in the fridge needing to be consumed and the outcome was really quite delicious. And that's another head of napa cabbage that had to be harvested but hasn't been consumed yet.
That's the first head of Di Ciccio broccoli and the final gleaning of fava pods. Another Romanesco zucchini, a better than expected haul of sugar snap peas and the final harvest from the first planting of snow peas (that harvest lasted only 12 days!).
More spinach! The plants are starting to bolt but there's still a couple of harvests left on them.
Whew! That's all the harvests for the past week and the fridge is stuffed. (It doesn't help that I went on a fruit binge at the farmer's market).
The weather went through a bit of a dramatic change this week. Last Monday the high hit 86ºF and then for the rest of the week the highs hung down around 60ºF with cool breezes that made it feel downright chilly. Yesterday was a bit of an improvement, it almost got to 70ºF! And there's supposed to be a slight chance of showers tonight. OK, I guess we're back to spring again.
Here's the harvests for the past week:
Baby Ball beets - 3.2 oz.
Chioggia beets - 7.2 oz.
Renee's Golden beets - 16.9 oz.
Di Ciccio broccoli - 2.1 oz.
Purple Peacock broccoli - 3.8 oz.
Little Jade napa cabbage - 3 lb.. 14.2 oz.
Circus Circus carrot mix - 2.3 oz.
Deep Purple carrots - 8.3 oz.
Sugarsnax carrots - 4.3 oz.
Extra Precoce Violetto fava beans - 3 lb., 8 oz.
Romanesco fennel - 11.7 oz.
Lorz Italian garlic - 4.7 oz.
Iceberg Superior lettuce - 1 lb., .2 oz.
Rhapsody butterhead lettuce - 1 lb., 5.8 oz.
Green Fortune baby pak choi - 2 lb., 15.1 oz.
Oregon Sugar Pod II snow pea - 12.4 oz.
Summer Perfection spinach - 15.9 oz.
Ortolano di Faenza zucchini - 1oz.
Romanesco zucchini - 13.2 oz.
Zucchini blossoms - .8 oz.
The total harvests for the week came to - 19 lb., 7.1 oz.
Which brings the total harvests for the year up to - 125 lb., 14.7 oz.
Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers from around the world have been harvesting lately.