Happy Labor Day (U.S.)! We are supposed to have a full day of rain today, something we haven't had in weeks. Bad news for people with outdoor plans, but for us, we are using the opportunity to do things like can tomato sauce (The Kitchen Goddess) and trim, clean, and place the onions in storage (me).
The harvests keep rolling in, and as usual I'll start with the first harvests of the season. Here are the first guajillo peppers. The seeds were kindly provided to me by none other than our awesome Harvest Monday host, Dave. He uses them for chile powder, and that's what I'm going to do too. I love the dark red color. I had some problems with early fruit falling off, but that's resolved itself now and the crop looks to be good.
|Guajillo ("Dustbowl") hot peppers|
Habanero peppers are a favorite of mine. They're way too hot to eat, but make an excellent simple hot sauce. This year I'm growing the open-pollinated version on the left (one plant), and the hybrid "Helios" on the right (two plants). Helios, bred by Johnny's Selected Seeds, is supposed to be earlier and more productive. For me, so far, it's a tie, and the fruits look identical. We'll see how it plays out as the season progresses.
|Habaneros: original (OP) and Helios (hyb)|
Here we have two sweet "bullhorn" style peppers, stablemates from the Johnny's breeding program. On the left is Cornito Rosso; on the right, Escamillo.
|Cornito Rosso, Escamillo|
Most I chopped and froze, but I took one of each and made stuffed peppers, giving us each half a red and half a yellow. I made mine the good old traditional, Ozzie and Harriet style, with ground beef, rice and tomato sauce. But TKG wanted a low-carb version, so instead of rice and sauce she asked for...kimchi (what??). She liked it, but I did not dare try it. Why mess with tradition?
Another new one are these hybrid bell peppers called "Ace." I chopped and froze these as well.
I dug the last row of potatoes. These are "Kennebec," a white potato I've been growing for years, that is very tasty and stores well. This year's crop was productive.
|Blue Prince (hyb) pumpkins|
|Canned stewed tomatoes|
|Tuesday tomato harvest|
|Tuesday hot pepper harvest|
And this was Tuesday's "everything else" harvest.
|Tuesday general harvest|
|Thursday tomato harvest|
|Thursday general harvest|
|Sunday tomato harvest|
|Sunday general harvest|