I haven't grown turnips before, and to be honest, wasn't sure I'd like them. My experience with turnips was as starchy, softball-sized root vegetables that were a component of "New England Boiled Dinner," Not my favorite meal by any means. Anyway, "saladette" turnips were said to be a different animal. And they were right! We picked one just to see how they were sizing up.
This was sliced thinly and added to salad. Delightfully crunchy and spicy. So a few days later we took more:
The purple one is "Royal Crown" and the others are "White Egg." The Royal Crown is not as spicy, but the White Eggs seem to grow more robustly. The greens were delicious, too. Turnips will definitely make the cut for next year.
Next, we took a few beets:
Beets are not my thing, but The Kitchen Goddess loves them. I planted two varieties: Red Ace and Pronto. But did I label which was which? Of course not. Too bad, because one group grew a lot faster than the other.
Next was the first harvest of chard:
These are "Peppermint" and "Fordhook." I haven't grown Peppermint before, and not only is it lovely, it grows robustly.
Then there was the first harvest of long-anticipated snow peas, which we were craving. Delightful!
Other harvests (not firsts) were the last of the radishes:
More salad (I can't say enough good things about Baker Creek's "Rocky Top" and "European Mesclun" mixes):
And finally more tatsoi and ching chang:
And here's a delicious use of Asian greens. TKG used her homemade chicken stock and whipped up a batch of soup with the greens, egg, garlic scapes, and udon noodles, topped with fresh basil. I can't get enough of this.
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