Harvest Monday, November 14, 2011

So far this month we are enjoying unseasonably warm temperature in the Hudson Valley. Unusual for November so I decided to take a chance and only harvest what I needed. Collard, kale and mustard green are still growing though at a slow pace.

Harvested a few lutz beets. Weight: 4¼ pounds. Steamed and peeled. Was going to make pickle, but ran out of time so decided to freeze for later use.

This parsnip is a volunteer. Because the soil it was growing in was not dug, it grew short and fat. Weight: 1½ pounds.

Wondered if it was going to be woody? Not. Measured 4 inches across at the widest. Went into a pot of soup, no photo, forgot.

Brought in kale. Weight: 6 ounces. I used a recipe by Lou Murray, Ph.D, greenlifeinsocal.wordpress.com Saute greens, esp kale, with dried cranberries, pecans and a splash of rice wine vinegar.” It was deeeeelicious. Thank you Lou!!!!!

Did not have pecans substituted walnuts. Decided to use the kale stems as well (first time). Thinly sliced, they were good, not stringy and chewy as I feared. No waste, makes me happy.

Also harvested a bit of flat leaf and curly leaf parsley

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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20 Responses to Harvest Monday, November 14, 2011

  1. Diana says:

    Looks delicious. Nice kale harvest, its fun with those curly leaves.

  2. kitsapfg says:

    That was one fat parsnip! The kale recipe is alot like one I use all the time – but the rice wine is a twist on it. I am going to have to try this one as it sounds lovely.

  3. Mary Hysong says:

    Everything looks great and that kale recipe looks delish! I’ll have to try that one when the kale gets big enough to cook

  4. mac says:

    That’s a fat parsnip!
    The kale dish looks good, gotta try Lou’s recipe someday.

  5. Hey, Norma, glad you like the kale recipe. That is one ugly parsnip. But then I’ve never seen a pretty one. They sure taste good though, don’t they? I’m glad it wasn’t woody. Your Lutz beets look flatter and more attractive than mine. For me, the Lutz Greenleaf beets grow really long and cylindrical, very homely, but never woody. It’s a great variety.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Lou,
      Sorry I did not ask your permission first before posting your recipe. Hope you didn’t mind.
      Yes, lutz beets are a great variety, keeps well and never woody. Actually they are smaller this year than previous years, I think because I did not thin and space properly. Next year will do better. We gardeners are an optimistic bunch, aren’t we?

  6. Beets!!! I can’t wait to harvest fresh beets again! I really MUST get better at my succession sowing!

  7. Liz says:

    You have some fun looking veg there – both the parsnip and the beets are great shapes – the kale recipe sounds really good.

  8. Robin says:

    It has been unusally warm so far this fall. Your beets and kale look wonderful! I didn’t plant any beets this year….and my kale was planted a bit late. I guess I will have to enjoy looking at other peoples kale for awhile.

  9. Dmarie says:

    what a gorgeous post! enviable harvest!!

  10. Looks really yummy! 🙂

    ~Lynn

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