Harvest Monday, January 9, 2012

Single digit temperature was predicted for Tuesday night, so harvest just about everything (left the very small red and green mustard), not that much to begin with but still a harvest. Must do a better job at labeling this year so I will know the varieties.

Last of the collard green, loved by many critters (note the many partially eaten leaves). There are 2 different varieties, difficult to tell them apart. Total weight: slightly under 2 pounds.

After all the holidays eating, I just wanted something simple. Thinly sliced about ½, (leaves, center ribs and stems), and lightly satueed, finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Was so tender and delicious, even the ribs and stems. Must be the exposure to frost and the cold temperature. The remainder went into a pot of soup with tomatoes (from the freezer), beans and lentils.

Left to right, a bit of kale, a few red giant mustard, a bit of parsley, one red Russian kale and green mustard. Still in the fridge, will enjoy sometime this week.

Brussels sprouts were not forming so I pulled up and discarded all but one plant, it rewarded me with these sprouts, small but solid. Steamed them with a little broth, was soooo good.
If only I knew we were going to have an extended warm spell.

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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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27 Responses to Harvest Monday, January 9, 2012

  1. Dave says:

    The cold weather has made our collards and kale sweet too. I didn’t grow Brussels sprouts this year. Yours look good to me!

  2. I keep a garden map in pencil and do all my labeling on the map. I create the map as my planting plan, but I can always make changes on the fly. At the time of planting I write the date and and changes. The map is on 8.5×11 sheets so it fits into a gallon zip-lock and stays cleaner when I take it outside.

    Isn’t this crazy weather? I’m hoping to go biking again today.

  3. Rick says:

    Great harvest!! I think I might have to give collards a try next season. I have to admit to never eating them but they sound good and I think I can find the space for a few plants. Any advice?

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Rick,
      Collards not only taste good but are good for you too. I grow my collards where they will remain for the entire growing season. I harvest the outer leaves when they are ready and as needed, the plants will continue to grow and produce. You will need to stake the plants as they can get quite tall and “stalky” using my method but you only need to plant once and harvest the entire season.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Again Rick,
      Forgot to mention if you are usisng my Brussels Sprouts harvesting method, plant 3 or 4 plants only, they do take up a lot of garden space.

  4. Norma, Your greens are right up my alley!!! Yum – those all look so wonderful!

  5. That’s a nice little winter harvest. And the brussels sprouts sure don’t look too shabby to me – I’m still hoping ours will make harvestable sprouts!

  6. kitsapfg says:

    The collards and brussel sprouts are both particularly yummy looking. I can tell when I need to increase my nutrient density and “detox” from too much sugar etc… because spinach, kale, and collards etc start really tasting extraordinarily good to me. I think it is my body’s way of saying – “you really need to eat a whole lot more fo this!”. 😀

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello kitsapfg,
      Unfortunately that harvest is the last for the season.
      Isn’t it amazing how our body send us messages? If we listen to our body we will be healthier.

  7. mac says:

    I tried to grow collard twice but lost patience due to aphids infestation.
    Your greens look nice, wish I have some brussels sprouts now.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Mac,
      Interesting how of all the veggies you grow the aphids choose your collards, what does that tell you? You have smart aphids that know what is the most nutrient dense veggie in your garden. Did you try hosing off the aphids?

  8. Liz says:

    I too have never grown, or indeed eaten collard greens. What do they taste like? Those sprouts look good.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Liz,
      I would say collard greens taste similar to or somewhat like kale, broccoli greens and kohlrabi greens, maybe a bit earthier. I pick the leaves at the tender stage and sitr-fry briefly.

  9. Joanne says:

    Brussels sprouts and leafy greens are two of my favorite winter veggies! Sounds like a pretty good harvest!

  10. Mark Willis says:

    Norma; Cabbage is not highly regarded by most people in Britain. It needs a new PR Agent. Would you be interested in the job, by any chance??

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Mark,
      Not only in Britain but here in the United States also. I have come to the conclusion it is because many people’s first introduction was overcooked cabbage. Cabbage is one of my favorite veggie and I would love to be a PR Agent for cabbage, and I am flattered to be asked, however how do you know I qualify?????

  11. What a great harvest! I’m bet you really enjoyed it.


  12. You sure have a bountiful harvest. 🙂

  13. leduesorelle says:

    Wow, fantastic harvest for January! Lucky you…

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