Monday, May 23, 2016

Harvest Monday - May 23, 2016

Spring harvests continued last week with a bunch of roots, shoots, and leaves. The turnips are sizing up quickly so I pulled all the Mikado and Round Red turnips by the end of the week.

Mikado turnips

Round Red Turnips

The Scarlet Ohno Revival turnips are just a bit more slow to size up so there's still a few of those left in the garden.  They are larger than the Mikado and Round Red varieties, both in the size of the roots and the leaves. This variety is grown as much for the leaves as the roots, indeed, Wild Garden Seed lists it under Mustard Greens rather than roots. I used the leaves from this bunch with the Round Reds and Mikados shown above in a stir fry with broccoli and a spring onion and some shredded leftover roast chicken added at the end. I used a green Thai curry paste and coconut milk for the sauce. Dave loved it, which was a bit of a surprise since he usually just tolerates mustardy type greens.

Scarlet Ohno Revival turnips

Scarlet Ohno
It's a good thing I cleared out the turnips, you can see that some critter was starting to tunnel through some of the roots. I'm not sure what the pest is or what to do about it, but fortunately it had found only a few roots.

Mikado Turnips
Round Red Turnips

The cippollini onions that I'm trying this year seem to be more inclined to split (double) than produce some nice bulbs so I've started to pull them to use as spring onions. The good news in the onion patch this year is that I've not spotted any bolters yet, last year I found the first bolting ones by this date. Fingers crossed...

Di Maggio Cippollini onion(s)

The favas are still rolling in. I harvested earlier in the week last week so the totals were less than the week before. There's at least one good harvest of the EPV's left and the Robin Hood harvests haven't really come on strong yet.

Robin Hood and Extra Precoce Violetto favas

Batavia Broccoli side shoots

I got side shoots from one of the Batavia broccoli plants and main heads from the Apollo brokali plants.

Apollo Brokali

Zebrune Shallots

I pulled a clump of green Zebrune shallots which was all the extra plants that I didn't have room for at planting time, rather than tossing them out I just bunched them together and plopped them in one spot. I ended up with 1.5 pounds of green shallots, most of which I used to make another version of a pudding soufflé. I may be snitching more green shallots from the main planting, they are very aromatic and delicious.

Green Shallot Pudding Soufflés

Red Butter Romaine lettuce

The spring lettuces are getting to be huge and I can't keep up with the harvests. Here's a big Red Butter Romaine. I need to figure out a way to turn a lot of lettuce into a little bit of something, soup maybe?

I had one harvest earlier in the week when I didn't have time to do a photo shoot, so I don't have any photos of a big bunch of Mizunarubasoi and some more radishes.

Here's the details of the harvests for last week:

Batavia broccoli - 15.6 oz.
Apollo brokali - 9.8 oz.
Extra Precoce Violetto favas - 3 lb., 2.9 oz.
Robin Hood favas - 2 lb., 2.9 oz.
Red Butter Romaine lettuce - 1 lb., 3.2 oz.
Mizunarubasoi - 3 lb., 1.6 oz.
Di Maggio cippollini onion - 12.3 oz.
Helios radishes - 17 oz.
Malaga radishes - 10.7 oz.
Pink Punch radishes - 3.8 oz.
Zebrune green shallots - 1 lb., 8 oz.
Mikado turnips - 1 lb., 6.3 oz. (roots only)
Round Red turnips - 1 lb., 2.2 oz. (roots only)
Scarlet Ohno Revival turnips - 2 lb., 2.1 oz. (including tops)

Total harvests for the week - 20 lb., 3.4 oz. (9.17 kg.)
2016 YTD - 198 lb., 15.4 oz. (90.2 kg.)

Harvest Monday is hosted by Dave on his blog Our Happy Acres, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers have been harvesting lately.


  1. I seldom grow Turnips these days because they always get infested with tunnelling grubs, like those Mikado ones of yours. Actually, another reason is that Jane is not very keen on them (she only really likes them in "Navarin of Lamb"). She also dislikes most mustardy greens and most oriental brassicas, so turnip tops are not on our menu! Your soufflés look smashing - I love things a bit more "Well Done" than most people and I think soufflés are often served too pale.

  2. I love that turnip roundup, and not a purple top in sight! And the coconut milk curry sounds yummy. I am planning something similar this week with asparagus and I may throw some kohlrabi in there for crunch, since I didn't plant any spring turnips. I'm looking forward to growing Mikado and Scarlet Ono this fall, along with a golden turnip called Jaune Boule D'Or. I'm thinking they all will make some crunchy fermented pickles.

    I'm nearing a lettuce glut here too, and I'm going to try making some lettuce kvass. It's basically fermented lettuce juice. I've been drinking a locally made beet kvass for a tonic, and now I want to try making it with veggies from the garden like cabbage and lettuce.

  3. The colour on the turnip is gorgeous, what a terrific harvest. My root nibblers are usually voles. If I can get the shallots to grow at all (having a hard time getting them to take off in this heat), I think I might pull a few green.

  4. Great harvests! I'm so looking forward to the first of the salad radishes - thankfully they are quick growers so I shouldn't have to wait too long!

    And lettuce soup is surprisingly good - I made a batch a couple of years ago when I was inundated with lettuce and wouldn't hesitate to do that again.

  5. Your broccoli and turnips are just gorgeous and there's so much variety in your harvests.

    I won't be harvesting anything for a long while. Maybe in a month there'll be Asian greens, summer squash, and green beans.

  6. Well, that Green Shallot Pudding Souffle looks amazing! I so enjoy getting new ideas from your blog on how yo use the produce. I am glad so hear someone else can't keep up with the lettuce glut. It would be handy to have a rabbit this time of the year :)Have a great gardening week!

  7. The turnips are so interesting! They should in my plant list


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