This is the high point of the gardening year for me - time to harvest those long-awaited first tender shoots of Purple Sprouting Broccoli.
PSB is a vegetable that doesn't store very well once cut, so it never seems very nice when you buy it in a shop. This is probably what makes home-grown PSB so rewarding, despite the fact that it takes an absolute age to grow (approximately 10 months).
Today's harvest was not big, but it will be much appreciated.
This is the central head and the first few side-shoots from one of my three "Rudolph" plants. Cutting the whole central head like this will force the plant to put its energy into side-shoots now.
Jane is going to use this broccoli in a dish that involves pasta, walnuts and Dolcelatte cheese. Sounds good to me!
I'm entering this post to Daphne's Harvest Monday - an ideal way to show off one's harvest to like-minded gardeners all around the world.