It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. This week I have a couple of firsts and a last. The last is the asparagus, which we have decided to stop harvesting and let grow out into ferns. It was not a great year for it, though we had plenty to eat if not enough to share with others. This last cutting brought the total for 2020 to 13 pounds, well down from last year’s 20 pounds and 2018’s 24 pounds. It’s possible the beds are getting old, and it’s also possible the cold spring weather impacted the yields. Time will tell of course!
One of the things I did with the asparagus last week was to use it in a Lemon Parmesan Chicken recipe. I cooked the chicken in one cast iron skillet while the asparagus cooked in another then combined them and drizzled on a lemon and parsley sauce. It looks like a lot of chicken but it was only 8 ounces shared among the two of us. Pounding the pieces thin allowed for more surface area, and for more of the crispy panko and parmesan cheese breading.
One first was the broccolini. It’s just a taste, but the other plants are heading up too and there will be more in a few days. This one is Happy Rich, which is a broccoli and gailon cross. The side shoots are the real attraction with these types, along with the long edible stems.
Another first is kohlrabi, and I pulled 3 of them last week. The first two were the white skinned Beas, and the light green Konan. We had these raw, served up with a little yogurt and garlic dip.
The next one was the purple-skinned Kolibri. I used it and the I’itoi onions with it for a quick and cool creamy coleslaw.
The greenhouse lettuce is still maturing and while the quality suffers a bit with the warm weather, it’s still quite edible and tasty. This Muir crispleaf/Batavian type has held up well in the heat, which I will remember for future plantings. The green Tango and the red Brendwood are two of my standbys for a frilly leaf lettuce.
Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to share, add your name and blog link to Mr Linky below. And be sure and check out what everyone is harvesting!