Harvest Monday, August 5, 2013 – Tromboncino Squash, Chinese Long Beans, Black Soy Beans & Callaloo

Tromboncino squash (5553)

Tromboncino Squash plant on trellis
See the little trom on the lower right, hope it was pollinated by the bees, this will be the 3rd one

One of the 2 tromboncino squashes I posted on 7/29/2013 grew by leaps and bounds. The second one, however, was not growing at all and started to shrivel up. Reason, did not get pollinated. Decided to harvest both on Thursday.

Tromboncino squash (5523)

Tromboncino Squash
Squash at bottom was not pollinated and the bulbous part started to shrivel up

Meant to weigh both and measure the diameter, but forgot.

The unpollinated squash was edible. I did not detect any difference in taste and texture compared to the pollinated squash.

Tromboncino squash (5544)

Cross section of tromboncino Squash
The seeds are in the bulbous part of the squash, the long skinny neck is one solid length

Summer squash (5556)Summer squash (5557)

Stir-fry summer squashes (5563)

Stir fry summer squashes

I had a patty pan squash and a yellow crookneck squash in the fridge, so decided to do a simple stir-fry, combining all 3 squashes. Added minced garlic, fresh thyme, salt and pepper, stir-fry briefly until heated through, toss in a bit of Asian sesame oil. Was very good. Cook longer if you like your squashes less crunchy.

Chinese long beans

Red Noodles Beans & Green Chinese Yardlong Beans (asparagus beans) on trellis

Red Noodles Beans (5552)Chinese long beans flowers (3427)Left photo: Red Noodles Beans

They grow in pairs

Right photo: Bean’s Flowers

There are 2 flowers on the same stem reason the beans grow in pairs.

Red noodles, Chinese long beans & Black soy beans (5537)

Red Noodles Beans, Green Chinese Yardlong Beans & Black Soy Beans

Some of the black soybean pods had filled out nicely so decided to pick a handful. Was surprised to find the shelled young beans were green and not black. I guess they will turn black as they mature.

Black soy beans (5547)

Cooked Black Soy Beans
Shelled cooked beans had a grayish color

Boiled the unshelled soybeans in salted water for about 5 minutes. They were tender and flavorful, liked them a lot. Will be saving seeds for next year’s planting (the seeds I had were heirloom).

Calaloo (5484)

Jamaican Callaloo (amaranth)
Got the seedlings from my sister, Joyce, who got the seeds from a Jamaican friend
Will need to save seeds for next year’s planting

Callaloo freezes well. Since I had plenty greens coming in from the garden, decided to blanch, cool and freeze the callaloo for later enjoyment.

Sugar Snap Seeds (5526)

Dried Sugar Snap Peas

Many of the sugar snap peas had passed the edible stage when I returned from vacation, early July, decided to let the pods turn brown on the vines and harvest the dried peas for planting.

My spring experiment with growing pea shoots in windowbox failed. Going to plant the above dried peas in windowbox. Maybe I will have a successful pea shoots harvest with a fall planting.

Lucifer (5491)

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

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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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75 Responses to Harvest Monday, August 5, 2013 – Tromboncino Squash, Chinese Long Beans, Black Soy Beans & Callaloo

  1. I think you could give me wonderful advice for my garden Norma, you always have so much on offer from your garden.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  2. your red noodle beans are really pretty! i’ve never seen them before

  3. I just love the way yard long beans grow in pairs! I grow them too, and picked the first pair yesterday. Your amaranth looks perfect! I can never grow amaranths. The flea beetles just ravage them to death! They do the same thing to my Swiss chards. I do better with kale and Senposai, the latter new to my garden & kitchen, but will stay from now on.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello NG,
      The flea beetles went after my red amaranth but left the green ones alone, not sure of the reason. I never grew senposai going to look into for next year’s planting.

  4. Karen says:

    I can’t believe the size of the tomboncino squash…amazing.

  5. Daphne says:

    I thought callalo was always made with taro leaves. Interesting that it can be amaranth too. I envy you your beans. I so want my beans to start producing.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Daphne,
      The word callaloo can be confusing. It refers to the leafy vegetable plant (amaranth) and it also refers to a dish. The dish callaloo can be made with either amaranth or taro leaves, it all depends on the island.

  6. Things are definitely hotting up in YOUR garden, Norma. That squash is just.. wow.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Maureen,
      Yes, crops are coming along nicely, given the unusual weather pattern so far, may be we will have a very late frost, that would make me a very happy gardener.

  7. jenny says:

    Really beautiful squash and beans. Flowers are very pretty too.

  8. Patsy says:

    Ah that explains why I found two long Chinese beans together. My noodle beans put out two green ones, not red like I thought I purchased. Still waiting to see if more develop. I find I am liking trombocino and they are producing where my zucchini failed! Your harvests look great!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Patsy,
      Sometimes seeds do get a bit mixed up. Hopefully you will get some red noodle beans. Once they start of produce they will be coming in plentiful and more frequently you harvest the more they produce.

  9. Barbie says:

    Nice harvest. Love the yard long beans. They are one of my families favorites. Easy to over cook so they work really well in stir fries for us.

  10. Sophie33 says:

    A lovely update & a lovely produce too! Thanks for the updates! 😄

  11. leduesorelle says:

    Great to have an update on your tromboncino! We’re growing it for the first time this year, and are astounded at how quickly it grows, it’s taking over the garden!

  12. Norma, you are truly a garden expert!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Angie,
      I would not say I am a garden expert, but I do enjoy gardening an spend a considerable amount of time among the crops and they reward me for keeping them company.

  13. I am growing Red Noodles this year after learning about them from you and I love everything about them. Now I have learned that I can freeze amaranth, which I hope to go when all of the self-seeded ones popping up get big enough!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello GC,
      Hope you are getting a bountiful red noodles harvest. They freeze well also.
      Frozen and thawed amaranth is not quite the same as freshly harvested but not bad, do give me feedback.

  14. Kim says:

    Everything looks yummy. I am missing my fresh produce from Morse and also a great store like Adams is really need down here. I’m excited because my development which is surrounded by golf courses is talking about having a community garden next year! If I can’t buy fresh produce anywhere at least I’ll be able to grow it!
    Happy Gardening Norma

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kim,
      Hope you get your community garden next year, that should be so exciting, you will definitely have a longer growing season than I do. Did you my 9/2 LG Heritage Vegetable Garden post?

  15. Dave says:

    That was a big Tromboncino! I didn’t grow them this year. I see you like all kinds of squashes too. I am growing amaranth this year for the first time, mostly for the seeds.

  16. Mark Willis says:

    I tried growing those “yard-long beans” a couple of times, but the plants always died before producing any pods, which was a real disappointment! I guess the weather here was too cool for them. Your 3-squash stir-fry looks amazingly yummy, BTW.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Mark,
      Was wondering if you start your yard-long beans indoors and transplant to the garden when condition are favorable if that would make a difference.

  17. My goodness, your garden is looking very fine, Norma! I’ve never seen a Tromboncino squash before. Do they taste the same as a yellow crookneck? I love squash and your stir-fry is making me crave some.

  18. Beautiful garden and great looking vegetables.

  19. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso says:

    Beautiful and inspiring.

  20. squash from your own garden must taste special.

  21. nusrat2010 says:

    You are Anahita – the Persian Goddess of water, abundance, fertility and mercy 🙂
    Taking a virtual walk in your green garden is such a pleasure!

  22. I’m always so amazed by all the your produce…I’ve always been curious about black soy beans so thank you for shedding light on these =)

  23. Juliana says:

    Beautiful harvest as usual, I love the variety of the squash…
    Have a wonderful week ahead Norma 😀

  24. I love seeing all of the fruits of your labor and then in a yummy dish too. My dad said he was having the same problem with his tomato plants. He had a company come out and spray for the bee problem and now he does not have any tomatoes as the tomato flowers did not get pollinated. Have a super week. Take care, BAM

  25. ChgoJohn says:

    My how your garden grows, Norma! That was a tasty sounding squash dish that you prepared. I cannot believe how large tromboncino grow. They are remarkable, though I hope more flowers get pollinated for you. I’ve tried on a number of occasions to plant a Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ but they never survived the winter. Yours sure does look pretty. 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello John,
      I believe it would have grown much longer if I had left it on the plant.
      Perhaps if you plant your Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ by the house foundation it would grow for you. It is a pretty plant but how did it get the name ‘Lucifer’?

  26. Eha says:

    A lesson learnt again: I make quite a few stir-fries every week – have never used thyme and sesame oil together, especially after omitting the uaual soy and oyster sauce varieties etc et al. Have to try. And, after seeing your and Celia’s marvellous successes as far as tromboncinos go, I would be hugely amiss not to plant in a few weeks time . . .

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eha,
      Don’t plant too many, I have 2 plants. They take up a great deal of garden real estate, I build a trellis for mine.

      • Eha says:

        Thanks for the tips: since I live alone at the moment bar visiting friends, I may even just see how the first fares! But surely would love to see whether I can grow something as large as that 🙂 !

  27. Hotly Spiced says:

    That’s a shame about the sugar snap peas. Good to see the tromboncinos but what a difference in size between the pollinated and the unpollinated. Interesting how they taste the same. xx

  28. mac says:

    Love trombocino squash, one plant was more than enough for us, might grow it again next year if there’s space for it. Haven’t grown amaranth in years, your garden looks lush and healthy.

  29. Norma, our largest trombies grew to well over a metre in length each. They need to get really big before you get viable seed from them apparently, so we left the last two on the vine to grow for ages. I’m so glad you enjoyed yours – they’re most flavoursome at the size you harvested them at, and as I said, we had to hand pollinate almost all of ours. I saw mention of callaloo on a recent cooking show, but didn’t realise it was amaranth. We’ve just planted tricolour amaranth in the yard, but the green version grows as a weed, must pick some to try. And I LOVE your red snake beans! 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Celia,
      I left my tricolor amaranth to self seed but it disappeared. Need to buy new seeds. Planning to add red noodle beans to your garden this coming season? I interplant mine with the green ones, they look good together.

  30. Cathy says:

    Hi Norma,
    I always enjoy your Monday harvest posts with the wholesome dishes you make from the results. What do you do with your amaranth? I have vague memories of my mom cooking the green variety ( pigweed?) in a clear soup with dried shrimp.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Cathy,
      I mostly stir-fry like I do spinach with minced shallots and garlic. I sometimes add it to a pork bone soup. Never tried with dried shrimp, going to think about doing so.

  31. Sounds like a great harvest Norma! I adore summer squash.

  32. Kristy says:

    I bet the black soy beans were delicious. The kids love soy beans and eat them like snacks. 🙂

  33. Purely.. Kay says:

    Ms. Norma, I showed my mother this post and she got so excited about your squash. She loves them and wishes she could have her own garden as well. You’re truly an inspiration

  34. Your soy beans look great!

  35. Everything looks incredibly delicious!

  36. Great update, thanks for sharing! We grew red noodle beans last year and they grew so amazingly well that they were beyond the size of my arm, they grow great, don’t they? Our soy beans are close to pick in the next few weeks, can’t wait!

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