There's an odd assortment of harvests from the garden in the past week. The last few days of October look like summer's last gasp with a hint of autumn and the first harvest in November looks like winter.
The cherry tomatoes are small and thick skinned but very flavorful. Chianti Rose managed to ripen a few late set tomatoes. And the champion summer vegetable in the autumn garden, the Green Fingers cucumbers produced more, plus some that I didn't photograph (or even weigh). Do you see the three strawberries in there also?
I'm amazed at how much just a few amaranth plants can produce. This was enough for two generous servings with leftovers. My favorite way to prepare amaranth greens is to wilt the leaves with some chopped fresh garlic and a few splashes of fish sauce.
Here's that touch of autumn, my potted saffron has been popping a few flowers every few days for the last couple of weeks. This isn't in the tally because it is impossible to weigh on a kitchen scale.
I've had a few harvests like this so now I have enough to flavor perhaps one dish.
Here's a staple in my winter garden, Portuguese Cabbage (aka Tronchuda Beira, Couve Tronchuda, Portuguese kale). This went into a pot of soup along with some Borlotto beans, sausage, tomato (fresh!), onion, and duck broth. It was a nice warming lunch on a cool rainy day (what a novelty, it really rained!).
The first harvest of Lacinato kale from the new plants, also a winter staple. I made a kale salad with apple and pomegranate, and a dressing featuring confited garlic. (I keep meaning to write a post about garlic confit but haven't been able to get to it.) There were almost no aphids on the leaves, an event that is almost as rare as rain has been around here the last couple of years.
And yet one more harvest of shoots from the spring planting of Di Ciccio broccoli, what a work horse. I gave the plants a bit of liquid fertilizer a couple of weeks ago and they responded by putting out a nice flush of growth. There's more harvests to come.
The only other harvest for the week wasn't really a harvest, I tallied one of the last Red Candy Apple onions which I've been weighing as I use.
Here's the harvests for the past week:
Amaranth greens - 16.7 oz.
Di Ciccio broccoli - 14.3 oz.
Portuguese cabbage - 11.1 oz.
Green Fingers cucumbers - 1 lb., 3 oz.
Lacinato kale - 1 lb., 1.2 oz.
Red Candy Apple onion - 1 lb., 8.2 oz.
Chianti Rose tomatoes - 2 lb., 7.9 oz.
Isis Candy cherry tomatoes - 13.3 oz.
Sweet Gold cherry tomatoes - 2 lb., .3 oz.
The total harvests for the past week were - 11 lb., 12 oz.
Which brings the total harvests for 2014 up to 1109 lb., 11.1 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.