Monthly Archives: December 2009

Roasted Purple Carrots

Don’t those look yummy? Okay, maybe you have to get over the purple color first. Better now? Yum! I just scrubbed these well, cut them in half, then drizzled them with olive oil, sprinkled on some salt and pepper, and tossed them in the oven. They take about 30-40 minutes at 400 or 50-60 minutes at 375. I made these for Master Gardener class last week and I sprinkled some fresh thyme and rosemary leaves over the carrots as well. Even better! Roasting carrots is far superior to boiling, in my opinion.

Friday Catalog Review – Seed Savers

I haven’t actually gotten a hard copy of the Seed Savers catalog yet, but they do have their “new for 2010” items up on their website.

Cincinnati Market Radish – This is a spring radish (25-30 days to eating), but it looks like a bright pink carrot. How fun would that be! According to their website, this is a pre-1870s heirloom.

Poona Kheera Cucumber – I have actually grown this cucumber. It is fairly seedy and quite prolific. It is tastier when it is small and creamy white colored, but the big brown cucumbers that look like potatoes are really unique to look at. The website claims 55 days to maturity, which is quite early for cucumbers.

Yellow Sweet Pea (Not edible!) – I love sweet peas, and there are no true yellow sweet peas…but apparently this one is! It is native to Turkey and India.

Tours Squash – This squash originated in Tours, France. It is green and yellow striped, and they are marketing it for carving and decorations. Apparently it has large oilseeds that have been used medicinally. I assume it can also be eaten, but don’t hold me to it.

Hill Country Red Okra – Okra does well here, heat-loving as it is. This okra has fat pods that are green with some red streaking on the ribs. The stems are red too. If you are into okra, this is one to try out.

Have a great weekend!

“Final” Harvest

Well, final harvest except for those silly Brussels Sprouts. There might be more Swiss Chard too, when you get right down to it.

I pulled pretty much everything with the cold weather breathing down my neck. However, I left a few of everything…a few beets, a few carrots, a few bok choy, and a few lettuces/salad greens just to see how they take all the cold that is coming at us in the next few days. The spinach, Swiss Chard, and Brussels Sprouts were left with the understanding that they laugh in the face of cold weather.

The Swiss Chard and purple Brussels Sprouts laughing at the cold north wind.

Here’s the Family of 4 Garden harvest:

8 oz mixed baby salad greens @ $0.638/oz = $5.10

3 lbs Baby purple carrots @ $2/lb or bunch = $6.00

24 Baby Bok Choy @ $2.99/bunch of 3 = $23.92

Weekly Total = $35.02

Yearly Total = $373.83

We also have about 10 more pounds of carrots, another couple dozen bok choy, 10 oz of salad mix/lettuces, and a few beets and watermelon radishes from the salad garden. I think I’m going to roast a lot of the carrots for potluck with the Master Gardener class tomorrow. I’ll post pictures later!