Harvest Monday, October 24, 2011

Sorry about the blue tint in the photos, don’t know what I did to my camera. Will take it to a camera store to get it checked.

Dug in all my white sweet potatoes, total weight 14 pounds.

Some critters came to visit and munched on the biggest ones, this partially eaten section weighs 1¼ pounds. Never could figure out how they know which are the biggest ones.

Sweet potato vine tips were still looking tender. Harvested 3 pounds. Washed and cooked all, shared with friends and froze some to see how well they freeze.

Please note not all sweet potato vines are edible. Like mushrooms, you need to know which is edible and which is not.

Harvest the larger of the “all volunteer” mustard greens, weight, 1 pound. Will stir-fry with ginger, garlic and shallots.

This bitter melon harvest was a very pleasant surprise. Still have some small fruits on the vine. Will leave the vines alone and hope for another harvest. No killer frost yet and none predicted for the coming week. Maybe we will be frost free up to Thanksgiving (yes, I’m dreaming). Got so excited I forgot to weigh.

1 Asian pear, weight, 8 ounces
1 green and 1 yellow tomatoes, total weight, 1¼ pounds
2 very small fuzzy melon, total weight, 10 ounces, going to make soup

This is the green tomato I harvested 1+ weeks ago. The texture was a bit grainy, still better than tomato from the supermarkets.

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

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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18 Responses to Harvest Monday, October 24, 2011

  1. kitsapfg says:

    What a great sweet potato harvest! Never grown them but do love to eat them. We are using up the last of our tomatoes ripened off the vine. I will be sad to see the last one gone as it is a long time before fresh tomatoes will be back on our menu again. Thankfully I have lots of frozen whole ones and canned tomatoes and sauce to keep us from being tomato deprived – but nothing compares to slices of fresh ripe tomato on sandwiches and salads.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kitsapfg,
      You should try growing sweet potato, it is really easy, if you have a short growing season, you will need to start your slips indoors. I start rooting my sweet potato in February. Yes, it will be a looooong time before fresh tomato is on my menu also.

  2. Wilderness says:

    Looks like things are still growing quite nicely in your neck of the woods. Things are at a total standstill here since our temperatures as so cool. No killing frost yet however which is very late for here.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Wilderness,
      Yep, some things are still growing though at a much slower pace. Learned today that we may have snow showers this week, was hoping (dreaming) we will not get killer frost until Thainkgiving, after all we have been having such strange weather pattern this year. Was able to plant my garlic today, finally.

  3. Liz says:

    Your harvest looks fabulous. How do you know which sweet potato vines are edible?

  4. Daphne says:

    Oh those sweet potatoes look fabulous. I really need to try my hand at those next year.

  5. Linda says:

    Hi Norma … I really enjoy your beautiful photos. Those fuzzy melons are the perfect size to harvest. I can just taste their freshness and tenderness! I use them in soup, stir fry or stuff and steam. Cut them in big chunks, they go well with beef stew. They can also be julienne and mix in with angel hair pasta. A most versatile vegetable!

  6. Mark Willis says:

    Hi Norma; concerning the blue tint in your photos:it could be that you have accidentally changed the White Balance on your camera. You should check the settings. Do you have a User Manual for it??
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I wish I had “met” you earlier. Having spent a lot of time in the Far East I am very keen on oriental cooking, and you are evidently expert in this field!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Mark,
      You are correct, the White Balance was changed. I do have the user manual but could not understand so I took the camera to a camera store and got help.
      Thanks for the compliment, I cannot say I am an expert on Oriental cooking, I just mess around.

  7. leduesorelle says:

    Thanks, Norma — the “Secondary Edible Parts of Vegetables” was just what I’ve been looking for!

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