Harvest Monday, September 26, 2011

August was a very wet month so is September thus far. My root vegetables are not happy but my gourds and squashes are thriving as are the mosquitoes, huge and vicious.

More bitter melons, got two white ones. They should be whiter, but I planted the white ones next to the green ones last year, got cross pollinated so this year’s crop has a green tint to them. The white ones have more bumps, a drier and chewier texture also slightly more bitter than the green ones. The green ones have higher water content and crispier texture. Shared last week’s harvests with friends, this week’s harvest is for the freezer.

Harvested 3 Shanghai bok choy and 2 stalks of gai lan (Chinese broccoli). Will combine both when cooking and may also add other vegetables to make a medley.

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Onion labels in the garden disappeared so have no idea what the varieties are.

Chinese chives, parsley and mint doing well. Mint doing too well, need to control.

Chinese celery doing very well also. Unfortunately no flower stalk yet so most likely I will not be able to save seeds for next year. May do a stir-fry of Chinese celery and Chinese chives (never did this combination before, hope I like it), toss in a bit of whatever precooked meat (more elegant than leftover) I have in the fridge, add some broth for gravy, thicken with cornstarch mixture, serve over rice or pasta.

Harvested another angled luffa, very happy, and this one is straight, not that it matters. No frost predicted yet so I may get a few more.

Oops! Forgot to weigh my harvests, must remember to do so with future harvests.

Visit Daphne’s Dandelions http://daphnesdandelions.blogspot.com/ for more Harvest Mondays.

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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2 Responses to Harvest Monday, September 26, 2011

  1. Kim says:

    Everything looks so fresh and unspoiled by the rains…….my garden is mostly rotting!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kim,
      Only certain plants. Chinese long beans, both green and red varieties, did poorly, artichoke did not produce, celeriac and carrots are turning into mush with all the rain. Waiting for mosquito population to decrease so I can start putting the garden to bed for the winter. Well, next year will be a better year.
      Norma

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