Here is a sequence illustrating today's task...
Stage 1. The broccoli before starting.
|The broccoli still growing|
Stage 2. The plants dug up.
|The plants after being dug up|
|A re-sprouted main stem|
Stage 3. The harvested crop.
|Stems blanched by being underground|
|Lovely succulent shoots!|
|Some of the biggest specimens|
Stage 4. The raised bed planted-up with chicory seedlings -- Rossa di Verona. I hope they will have time to mature before it gets too cold. The first batch were totally destroyed by slugs when they were tiny, so this lot are about 3 or 4 weeks behind schedule -- but then, this is why I got so much Tenderstem broccoli, so it's the old Swings and Roundabouts thing again!
|Broccoli replaced with chicory seedlings|
|Chicory Rossa di Verona|
Just to finish off this story -- remember the Asparagus kettle I wrote about in a previous post? This is what we cook the Tenderstem broccoli in. By keeping the broccoli (or asparagus, of course) upright it boils the stems and steams the delicate leaves, so they are both "done" at the same time. Simples!
|The Asparagus kettle|