Saturday 12 December 2015

PSB - An early harvest

OK, holidays are a thing of the past now. Back to the "normal" world...

I wouldn't normally expect to be harvesting Purple Sprouting Broccoli just yet, but due to the mild Autumn it has matured earlier than usual. At least some of it has. The variety "Rudolph" is an extra-early variety, but even so I wouldn't expect to harvest any until at least February. On 28th November, just before we went away on holiday, mine looked like this:

A fortnight later, the main flower-head had grown a lot and had become much more open:

It was definitely in need of harvesting - and soon. I know that if left any longer the stalks would go tough and stringy. So off came the head!

I separated each shoot, or "spear", from the main stem. It yielded 12 spears, enough for two 2-person servings.

The broccoli was served steamed as an accompaniment to a roast chicken, alongside some roasted potatoes and home-grown Parsnips, making a welcome change from the tortilla-based food we had been eating while in Mexico. Not that we disliked the Mexican food. Far from it. We loved it, but all the same it is always nice to get back to more familiar fare after a holiday!

Hopefully "Rudolph" will now go on to produce some sideshoots for me. Meanwhile "Early Purple Sprouting" is beginning to form its flower-head, so it won't be too far behind.

The Brokali is looking more promising too. This head looks as if it is about ready, and fortunately some of the other plants are forming flowers too. It doesn't look as if I am ever going to get a big crop of this, but even a little of it may be a nice addition to a vegetable medley...

P.S. This post is my 2000th one. A significant milestone for me. I have been blogging since August 2010, so that means I have posted almost every day for nearly five and a half years.


  1. Congratulations! That is indeed a significant milestone!
    Have a great week-end!

  2. Yum yum, very nice it looks too. Congratulations on your 2000th post, quite an achievement.

  3. Thats fantastic Mark, both the PSB & 2000th post.

  4. Even in Yorkshire I have had a picking, but nothing like yours!

  5. Congratulations, 2000 posts is no mean feat!

  6. Wow, Mark - what a achievement. Congratulations! We are having mild weather here as well, but it's wreaking havoc with some of my crops. My garlic should be all tucked in and sleeping, but it has already sprouted form the ground - which shouldn't happen until April at the earliest.

  7. Happy Anniversary from California. Thank you for blogging; I enjoy your posts.

  8. So PSB in December instead of February. Does this mean a shorter season or a longer one? Does this mean no PSB photos to drool over in the depths of winter? At least you can enjoy it now. And congratulations on 2000 posts!


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