Harvest Monday - August 24, 2015
This past week, we harvested the rest of the Burbank plums:
But after harvesting over 9 lbs. of plums, the question was what could I use them for. I decided to make plum jelly and plum sorbet – neither of which I had ever made nor even tasted before.
The jelly was equally delicious; we couldn't help but open a jar the next morning.
|Perfectly set without adding pectin|
Several different pepper varieties were picked this week. It was a first for the Melrose and Tam Jalapenos, while the Padrons & Pepperoncino’s were repeats:
|From left to right: Padrons, Melrose, Tam Jalapeno, Pepperoncino|
|Pepperoncino & Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers|
|One perfect & one damaged Ostra Cyklon|
On the tomato front, I harvested the first of the Taxi tomatoes:
The first of the Aunt Rubys and Mountain Magics were also harvested, shown here with some Bloody Butcher, Yellow Pear & Sungold tomatoes:
|Clockwise from the top left: Bloody Butcher, Sungold,|
Mountain Magic, Aunt Ruby's, Yellow Pear
This year, I really wanted to test this variety as a sauce tomato. I had read that it was ok as an eating tomato but truly outstanding when it was cooked up into a sauce. I should be pulling up the plants to give the other tomatoes in that bed a fighting chance, but I’m holding off…only for a little bit. I want to get a few more tomatoes in order to make & can a sauce from these. There are several large tomatoes left on the plant and as soon as they show a hint of colour, I’m pulling them off to ripen indoors. Once all of these large tomatoes are picked, out it comes.
I also harvested a huge broccoli side shoot:
|Bloody Butcher tomatoes plus one large Arcadia side shoot|
Also harvested but not photographed were a Lemon and Chelsea Prize cucumber – those plants are in rapid decline and I have a feeling they may not even make it to the end of the month.
My harvest totals this week were:
Broccoli – 370 grams (0.82 lbs)
Cucumbers – 462 gram (1.02 lbs)
Sweet Peppers – 86 grams (0.19 lbs)
Hot Peppers – 620 grams (1.37 lbs)
Tomatoes – 5,535 grams (12.20 lbs)
Plums – 4,315 grams (9.51 lbs)
Total for Week – 11,388 grams (25.11 lbs)
Total to Date – 67.89 kg (149.67 lbs)
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions, our host for Harvest Mondays.
Till next time…