So, I’m a little sad because today it’s time to say goodbye to several delicious friends who have served us well this fall and winter:
Brussels sprouts: I had such high hopes for you, but I realize now that I messed up on timing. Still what I could salvage I’m sure will be delicious. And very purple. If I try you again next winter, I will choose green. But honestly, this is one veg that may be best imported from California where cool seaside conditions are perfect for growing these yummy mini cabbages.
Collard greens: farewell and see you next fall! You were an awesome producer and delicious supplement to salads galore. I sauted you but never cooked you the traditional low and slow way with lots of pork fat. You, my friend, were one of my winter garden favorites since you grew no matter what the conditions. No wonder most hard core North Texas gardeners grow you. Good job. You will be back.
Kale: apparently you can’t handle the heat we’ve been getting. Your flowers though apparently delicious, signal that it’s time to say adios. So tomorrow once my birthday composter is assembled (thanks, Bruce!), you will be picked and whatever can’t be eaten will be heading back into the fall garden. I am sad to see you go because not only did you look pretty, you tasted awesome and were a centerpiece salad for many dinner parties. I can’t imagine that purchasing kale will be 1/2 as tasty as growing it.
Again, I hope we’re hungry this week. We have a lot of green stuff to eat. Good thing we’re all in town this week!
Replacing these fine veg will be some new seeds. Royal Burgundy bush beans which are “stunning violet-purple pods” that “magically” turn green upon cooking and Black Beauty Zucchini (courgettes) which are a petite “bush” variety were planted today.
Stay tuned for further details and photos!