It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. I made another cutting of collard greens last week, this time from White Mountain Cabbage, an heirloom from South Carolina that sometimes tries to form a small head at the top of the plant. The leaves are big and tender, and would be suitable for using whole as wrappers, though I chopped these up and cooked them in the slow cooker until tender.
And I got another picking of bush snap beans from the fall planting. Tavera is a true filet type bean, while Cosmos is a standard type with 6 inch pods.
I only harvested pole beans once last week on Saturday, but that one filled up my harvest buckets with five pounds of beans. I shelled a lot of these out, and froze some of the ‘shellies’ separate. I kept out about a pound of beans for cooking and froze the rest. It has been a good year here for beans, and I have now picked over 40 pounds of them, which is right on pace with last year’s harvests.
I took two more of the Turkeyneck squashes, each weighing right at 10 pounds. These did not have the long neck that most of the neck pumpkins have, but instead looked more like oversized butternuts. I’m letting these cure before using.
It was mostly about peppers last week, and I got quite a few of the hot ones. Aji Rico is a hybrid baccatum type pepper, and a 2017 AAS Winner. It is one of the earliest of the baccatum peppers I grow which is a bonus to those living in areas with shorter growing seasons.
The Sugar Rush Peach peppers have been slow to ripen this year, but I finally got enough to add to a batch I’m fermenting for hot sauce. This is a super hot pepper when grown in our climate, and has a sweet fruity taste like many of the baccatum peppers.
On the other hand, the Honeypeno peppers have little to no heat. There are two strains of Honeypeno, and I am growing the #2 version which has slight larger peppers. This C. annum pepper has sweet and crunchy fruit that can be eaten raw for those that like a little spice. Last year I smoked some of them to make a mild and sweet tasting chipotle powder.
The Senorita jalapenos have a little more heat than the Honeypenos. Some think that the corking on a jalapeno means it’s hotter, but it’s more an indication of ripeness than heat. Next to the red Senoritas are a few of the orange colored Tangerine Dream. This is one I’m growing for the first time, and while the fruits are crunchy with a mild heat, I don’t think they have a lot of flavor. I’ll throw them in a batch of hot sauce anyway.
It has also been a good year for eggplant, and I’ve harvested almost 30 pounds of it. We’ve eaten all of that fresh, since I don’t preserve any for later use. I think it loses it’s texture when frozen, and while it dries well I never seem to know how to use it. We’re happy eating lots of it while in season, and the long slender Asian types are a favorite for roasting.
I find lots of uses for dried peppers though, and these little hot Thai peppers are one of my favorites. One pepper adds a bit of heat to many dishes, and one of my favorite things to do with them is to add one to a bottle of kombucha. Lately I have been drinking chai tea, and one of the peppers adds just the right bit of heat for my tastes.
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!