Monday, December 12, 2016

Harvest Monday - December 12, 2016

The harvests are a mix of seasons again, but this week I'll start off with the more seasonal ones.

Calabrese Broccoli & Dazzling Blue Kale
The Calabrese broccoli plants are still producing a few shoots now and then. And the 2 Dazzling Blue kale plants are steady producers.

Hestia Brussels Sprouts
There's plenty of Brussels Sprouts ready to harvest also. A couple of the Hestia plants continue to produce big loose sprouts but they are fine for shredding so I've not removed the plants as I had threatened. A made a double batch of the dehydrated Brussels Sprouts & Carrot salad that I blogged about a while back.

Bolero Carrots
My camera ended up on some artsy setting accidentally so some of the photos ended up a bit odd looking. The carrots are keeping well in the garden now that the weather has become quite cool and the days are short so I'm harvesting them on an as needed basis.

Purple Sun Carrots

Cilantro & Manoa Crisphead Lettuce
The last two heads of lettuce that were lingering in the garden needed to be harvested to make way for some kohlrabi seedlings.

Chianti Rose Tomato
Tomatoes! Dave and I have really been enjoying the tomatoes that I picked a couple of weeks ago. I waited until they were just starting to get a bit of color on the vine and then I brought them in to finish ripening on the kitchen counter. They have been amazingly good. I've been weighing them as I use them.

Pantano Tomato

Tromba D'Albenga Squash & Various Tomatoes
We've not had a freeze yet, just some radiation frost one morning that didn't harm the plants so there's still some lingering squash and tomatoes.

Baby Aji Amarillo & Aji Amarillo Grande
Nearly all the Baby Aji Amarillo peppers ripened on the plants and that's the last of them shown above. The Aji Amarillo Grande peppers are much slower to ripen, there's a number of green and partially ripe peppers still on the plants. I've rigged up some protection for the plants so I hope to be able to harvest a few more ripe from the garden peppers.

Puhwem Corn
That's about half of the ears of Puhwem corn that I harvested this year. The other half have been shucked and you can see the kernels in the basket on the right. I had to harvest the ears before they had dried on the plants because the weather turned cold and wet and I was afraid that the ears would spoil. So the ears have been drying on my living room floor.

I shucked and weighed the Hopi Chinmark corn but haven't taken a photo yet. One other harvest that didn't get photographed was more Pink Plume celery.

Winter Squash Galette
The Honey Nut Butternut squash aren't keeping very well, some of them are starting to shrivel up, so I roasted a few of them and we enjoyed one just simply roasted with some butter and a couple more went into a Winter Squash Galette and there's one roasted squash left in the fridge to consume in some other way. My favorite squash galette recipe is from Deborah Madison's book Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone (the original edition). The recipe  is available here. I have made a few changes though, I use a Sonora whole wheat short pastry instead of the yeasted tart dough and my squash were incredibly sweet so I added a half tablespoon of brown rice miso to the filling to temper the sweetness.

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

Calabrese broccoli - 6.6 oz.
Hestia Brussels sprouts - 1.7 lb.
Bolero carrots - 15.8 oz.
Purple Sun carrots - 3.3 oz.
Pink Plume celery - 9.1 oz.
Hopi Chinmark corn - 4.8 lb.
Dazzling Blue kale - 1.1 lb.
Manoa Crisphead lettuce - 9.2 oz.
Baby Aji Amarillo peppers - 7.7 oz,
Aji Amarillo Grande peppers - 4.4 oz.
Chianti Rose tomato - 6.2 oz.
Mavritanskite tomato - 8.7 oz.
Pantano tomatoes - 1.3 lb.
Tromba D'Albenga squash - 2.9 lb.

Total harvests for the week - 16.2 lb. (7.4 kg.)
2016 YTD - 943.7 lb. (428 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. You sure do have a mix of seasons in those harvests. I love the b-sprouts, something I just gave up on growing. And the basket with the tromboncinos is an artistic arrangement, regardless of your camera setting! The butternut galette sounds interesting. My Honey Nut squash did not turn out sweet, but then neither did many of my winter squash, so I am blaming the wet weather we had.

  2. I'm hoping for some sprouts soon. I've never heard the term radiation frost before.

  3. What a variety of harvests...fresh tomatoes in December must taste so good! I was very tempted to pick up a few tomatoes when I was shopping yesterday but resisted as I knew they would be a disappointment. The galette looks delicious - I've been roasting and freezing some of my squash just for convenience sake, even though they are ok in storage so far. I have quite a few recipes that call for mashed squash and it's a lot easier & quicker to just grab a packet from the freezer than cook it from scratch each time.


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