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Harvest Monday, June 2017

Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related.

I gave in, and finally pulled out my hairy winter melon cross vines. The leaves had started to die back as winter and frosts had hit. Final lot of hairy winter melons:

Hairy winter melon

3 from one vine (the main producer); the fourth from a vine on its own. 346g, 700g, 664g, 900g. That’s a total 10.64kg from some random seeds that just popped up in the garden bed.

Banana.

Banana

Its started to rain – quite a lot. My second hand of bananas started to form in about April 2017. One of the bananas had started to split – probably because of the rain. The upturned ends had also started to rot. So I harvested it, with the hopes that being indoors and warm, my bananas would start ripening to yellow without deteriorating further. 1675g the hand. Perhaps I need a ripe banana to put with them, give off some ethylene gas and help with ripening them to yellow.

Planted:

The second lot of onion seeds took, so some of these I have planted. What is interesting is a little stalk grows up, and the onion seed (slip) is on the top.

I have planted out those seedlings I showed in the last garden update post – kohlrabi, snow peas, dwarf peas. I have also planted out some garlic – elephant, and some other purple type that I picked up from the organic food store.

I also ripped out the brussels sprout “tree” – which was infected with many aphids, and possibly white cabbage moth – lots of little white moths the size of the aphids, very hard to squash. There were a few sprouts which had rootlets on them, so I replanted them. I’m trying an alternate method of control – land cress seeds. Apparently if the white cabbage moth is around, it lays its eggs in the land cress, and the larvae eat it (in preference to the brassicas). This kills them.

Guavas:

Guavas 2017

Guava season has started. I haven’t really eaten that many this year, and I haven’t had much time to process them. I’ve been swapping them mainly, more on that next post.

Horta:

Horta

Looking good for a patch entirely in the shade! I’ve harvested from this once. Not quite micro greens, perhaps mini greens. I’ve actually been harvesting dandelion leaves, sweet potato leaves, malabar spinach leaves, parsley and mustard greens for my local greens boost.

Horta, June 2017

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Kohlrabi coleslaw

I bought a kohlrabi at the weekend markets. It looked nice. I have never eaten or cooked with kohlrabi before.

Stephanie had nothing.

So I had to go to the ‘net. There was not much there either, most of them seemed to involve Indian flavours or deep frying.

Thus, I settled on a coleslaw-style salad.

Recipe is based on one found from A Vegie Venture

I have marked my changes from the original with an asterix(*).

Kohlrabi and apple style coleslaw with yoghourt dressing
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Serves two as a side.

DRESSING
1/2 kohlrabi (200g)*
1 apple (equivalent in weight to kohlrabi)
1/4 cup plain yoghourt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon good mustard
1 tablespoon baby capers in salt, soaked in hot water*
Table spoon of home made beet root pickle, chopped*
Two sprigs fresh mint, chopped

Mix plain yoghourt with lemon juice, mustard, lemon juice to taste. I added a little apple cider vinegar.

kohlrabi grated

As you grate the kohlrabi and the apple, add it to the dressing and mix through so that it doesn’t oxidise and go brown.

1/2 fresh kohlrabi, trimmed, peeled, and grated. Keep it whole, and just grate as-is with a coarse grater
Coarsly grate the apple and mix through.

The original recipe says that this can be used similar to celeriac remoulade, and that they are interchangeable.

Bah-Baow.

I found that the kohlrabi grates a lot finer than the celeriac even when using the same grater. This turned into quite a wet salad, and I decided at the last minute to add the extra pickles and capers for interest in taste and texture. I actually prefer the celeriac as a coleslaw. Perhaps if I had used a tart apple like a granny smith, this would have worked better. It is also important to peel it, as I found tough woody bits in my salad, probably from where the stems joined the ball.

kohlrabi salad

I still have half a kohlrabi to play with…