This week brought more first harvests for the year. My favorite was a small (1.4 lbs), but oh so delicious melon. I could smell the sweet aroma as I walked by it in the garden. This is an heirloom variety called Rocky Ford that has green flesh even when ripe. Last year was the first time I grew this variety and was scratching my head as to why my melon that looked, smelled and tasted ripe was green. I finally pulled out the seed packet to learn that was how it was supposed to look.
I cut my little melon the morning I picked it with plans to just eat half. Well, somehow the whole melon vanished and this time I can't blame my dog!
Another new harvest this week is cowpeas. If you live in a place that has long and hot summers, I highly recommend growing cowpeas. They are easy to grow, thrive in the heat, produce plenty, and don't seem to be bothered by the bugs. The variety I grow is called Pink Eyed Purple Hull. It is very easy to tell when they are ready to pick because the pods turn a burgundy color. You can shell and cook them fresh, or freeze them or let them dry. When looking for recipes, black-eyed peas are the most common type of cowpeas, so that will most likely be the ingredient to look for. If you have fresh cowpeas and have a recipe for dried ones, just skip the soaking step and adjust the amount. If a recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of dried cowpeas that is equivalent to about 4 cups of fresh.
I cooked mine into an Indian dish with dill and corn and other spices and ate with rice.
Other harvests coming in this week include cucumbers, Red Noodle beans, the first Roma tomatoes, cherry tomotoes (Sun Gold), yellow squash, zucchini and okra.
Another first harvest for the year was eggplant. I really thought I took a picture, but that seems not to be the case. It must have been a mental image! Anyway, it was a Long Purple eggplant. which will be sliced, roasted and added to a pizza later this week.
I made my first batch of dill pickles for 2016. I have vowed to not can 40 jars of pickles this year! That was way too many. I still have nine jars remaining from last year after giving them to everyone I could think of. I am exploring what else to do with an abundance of cucumbers.
Broccoli 2.23 lbs
Onion 0.38 lbs
Amaranth 0.78 lbs
Summer squash 8.04 lbs
Peppers 0.74 lbs
Okra 0.37 lbs
Corn 2.21 lbs
Cucumber 12.06 lbs
Green beans 2.86 lbs
Tomatoes 2.04 lbs
Eggplant 0.22 lbs
Melon 1.39 lbs
Cowpeas 2.61 lbs
Yearly harvest: 221 lbs
That's all the harvests coming from my garden this week. To see what others are harvesting, check out Harvest Monday on Our Happy Acres.