The first "Stellar" tomatoes. These are a determinate variety which is said to have good disease resistance. This turns out to be true, but nothing is immune from blight. So while these are afflicted, they are showing less of it than my other tomatoes. It's a terrible year for blight here. Of course, no point in growing it if it doesn't taste good, and I'm happy to say these are quite good.
|Cour di Bue|
|Ping Tung Long|
|Garbanzo beans (chick peas)|
Now on to a sample of continuing harvests. We got a nice batch of shishito peppers.
|3 Dar and 1 Diva cucumbers|
The "Illusion" white sweet corn has been fulfilling my gluttonous needs for the crop I most crave. After picking every night, the big ears are mostly all gone.
A "cornucopia" picture summing up the harvests of the week.
The Kitchen Goddess finally had enough tomatoes to can six pints of her prizewinning pasta sauce.
Last week I mentioned we were going to have a blind taste-test of heirloom tomatoes. It was prompted by the fact that I've never tried Brandywine (the gold standard according to many), and that Caspian Pink was said to be even better. I've grown Caspian for many years, but never Brandywine before. Here are the contestants. From left, Brandywine, Caspian Pink, Cosmonaut Volkov, and Pruden's Purple.
TKG labeled four identical plates on the bottom, cut each tomato into equal size and quantity chunks and put them on their respective plates. We then sampled each one twice, having a bite of saltine cracker to cleanse the palate in between. It was surprising that we both rated each in the same order. Number 1? Brandywine! It had the richest and most complex flavor. The word that came to mind was "luscious." Then was Pruden's Purple, Caspian Pink, and finally Cosmonaut Volkov. I know this was just sampling one fruit at one point in time, but it was a fun and interesting experiment. I'll be growing all of them again next year, because all were really good. Brandywine just was the best.
I close with a little story about one of my favorite native plants, Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis). This beautiful plant thrives in damp, shady places. It has many other names, among them "Touch-me-not." This is because its small seed capsules explode when touched, sending the seeds many feet. I had some growing wild on the property, and collected seeds last year. I sprinkled them around our little water feature. To my surprise, one emerged this year, and is now flowering.
Thanks once again for wading through another long post. Thanks also to Dave at HappyAcres.blog for hosting Harvest Monday.