It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. I cut more winter squash last week, this time it was the Centercut variety. I harvest most of these at the green stage, but I let a few mature on the vines. They are more of a neck pumpkin than a tromboncino I think, and this batch weighed 21 pounds. The largest was over 6 pounds, so they compare favorably with the other neck pumpkin I am growing called Turkeyneck. I will let these cure for at least a month before we use them.
It has been a good year for eggplant. The small fruited ones gave us an early harvest, and now the long Asian types and the blocky Italian types are keeping us well supplied. We roasted one of the big Italian ones along with some sweet peppers to make an open-faced eggplant sandwich one day for lunch.
I’ve got Fairy Tale and Patio Baby eggplant growing in containers, and while they have slowed down they aren’t finished fruiting yet.
Not to be outdone, the Asian eggplant are still producing well for me. I believe it is Bride, Orient Charm, Orient Express and Machiaw in this batch, hanging out with some Italian sweet peppers.
I got several pounds of the pole beans last week, and most of these were blanched and frozen. I’ve harvested 20 pounds of beans so far, and I have a small planting of bush types that are just now starting to bloom.
It hasn’t been a great year for tomatoes, though we had plenty for processing. The small fruited cherry types are giving us enough for fresh use, so I am not complaining.
I harvested the first of the hot peppers last week from container grown plants. The long red Amazing 2 is a Korean type for making gochugaru powder, while the small one is a hot Thai bird pepper. For these I fired up the dehydrator outside on the front porch, where it will likely stay busy as more seasoning type peppers ripen.
The Thai peppers are very hot, and the small size makes them useful for adding a touch of heat to a dish by using just one or two of them. I also use them to spice up my homemade kombucha. One of my favorite flavors is Spicy Thai Basil, which has lemon juice along with the basil and Thai pepper. I use several of the herbs we grow to flavor kombucha, including Genovese basil, sage, and mint.
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!
I’m really inspired by the huge range of squashes that you grow Dave, how much area do you dedicate to them?
We have three sorts of squash but just round ones – not interesting shapes like yours.
The squash is looking really good. Nice you are still getting eggplants; I’ve yet to harvest any. I didn’t grow the tiny Thai peppers this year, but you’re right, they are perfect for adding a little kick to something. I confess I’ve never tried Kombucha, but I might pick some up soon to see. Your version sounds delightful.
You’ve been busy with the late summer garden. Oh to have so much garden space to experiment with varieties.
Lovely photos of a beautiful harvest. My favorite was the three eggplants in the gray bowl or basket.
I am not organised to join in this week, but have still come on by for a nosy. Admiring the kombucha and that aubergine sandwich. I haven’t had aubergine this year, i will have to get my husband to pick up a couple the next time he goes to the supermarket