Apologies for my prolonged absence! I'm returning to Harvest Monday for the first time in over 3 months because today I actually have a harvest to show off. It's the first of my Purple Sprouting Broccoli.
This variety is called "Rudolph", and is usually one of the first to mature. Today I have picked only 8 spears, which is just enough for the meal that Jane is planning to make for our Dinner - her "Sicilian Pasta with Broccoli".
PSB doesn't keep very well once it has been picked, and does not freeze successfully, which is why it is a good idea to grow plants of several different varieties, in the hope that they will mature at different times. In my garden this year, "Rudolph" is first, but will be closely followed by "Red Spear", with "Early Purple sprouting" coming along later.
There is precious little else in my veg-plot at present, because I am effectively starting again from scratch, so brace yourselves for more pics of PSB over the next few weeks!