Black soy bean pods have filled out and the shells are starting to have a yellow tint. Since my purpose for growing soy beans is to enjoy the young bean, it was time to pull up the plants and harvest the pods.
Transplanted some of the sugar snap peas seedlings (started in cell packs click on link and scroll down) and some of the choy sum seedlings (received as a gift) in the vacated space.
Young Black Soy Beans
The photo above shows the different stages of the freshly harvest young black soy beans. The pod on the left is green and the beans are also green. The pod in the center has a lighter green color and the beans are starting to get some reddish color. The pod on the right has a yellow green color and the beans are reddish brown. The photo on the right shows the cooked beans, all turned gray.
I enjoyed some of the cooked beans in the pods as an appetizer (like edamame served at Japanese restaurant). Shelled and froze the rest for future use. It was time consuming to shell, did not enjoy the process, but I am running out of freezer space, no room for whole pods.
Is there a difference in taste and texture between the young black soy beans and the young yellow soy beans?
To find out, will plant both varieties next year and do a side-be-side comparison.
Left 8 plants in the garden to continue to grow for further observations of the different stages and also for seed saving. Will post one more update.
Finally had vine ripened slicing tomatoes
Tomatoes, slicing & cherries
Not sure of the slicing tomato variety, plant label went for a walk and did not return
Purchased the plant for the above tomato at a local nursery and it was labeled yellow pear
These sure do not look like yellow pear
As you can see from the 2 photos above, all the tomatoes developed cracks, not sure of the reason. Shared the tomatoes and other crops I harvested with friends.
Both the red noodles beans and the green Chinese yardlong beans are producing well. Also had my first harvest of white Chinese celery.
Red Noodles Beans, Chinese Yardlong Beans & White Chinese Celery
Cut the beans into about 2-inch lengths, blanched and froze for future use. The celery went into a stir-fry. Remembered to take photo after I ate all.
The stalks of Chinese celery, green or white, are skinny (pencil-like). Has a stronger celery flavor and is also a bit chewier compared to celery in the food markets.
Brought in all my kohlrabi and sowed carrots in the vacant space. May be a bit late with the carrots sowing, but had the space and the seeds. Nothing to lose something to gain, may be.
Kohlrabi were small and not good looking. Was away for 10 days during their critical growing period. The weather was hot and dry while I was away and I believe that stunted their growth. Amazingly, they still tasted tender and delicious.
Got back into the gardening groove and much was accomplished. Definitely a productive gardening week compared to the previous one. I was, am, a happy gardener!
Not happy when I spotted a woodchuck in my neighbor’s backyard. Hope it does not cross the property line.
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