Down on the Allotment

What's happening down on the allotment? An intimate account of a passionate veggie grower.

Friday, March 04, 2011

First Fruits

The sun was shining today. But I still had to scrape the ice off my car windscreen this morning so there is no warmth in it yet. Never mind! The days are getting longer and the veggies are responding to it. Just look at this lovely first crop of Purple Sprouting Broccoli. Tender and sweet - I steamed it while it was still squealing! Delicious.
My Rhubarb is just going crazy at the moment! I didn't force it in the dark, I think it is just so full of energy because of the long, cold Winter which it must have enjoyed!
Like the broccoli, the first pickings of the season are tender, sweet and full of flavour! Just 5 minutes with a spoon of sugar in the microwave. Heaven!

14 Comments:

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Theanne and Baron said...

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy...the first fruits of your labor of love...I have never in my life had FRESH rhubarb or broccoli! I'm sure it has a much different taste than what I buy in the grocery store...that took who know how long to come from who knows where. I'm still learning about container gardening and in particular about container gardening where I live in Florida. The summers are blistering hot here with high humidity...and there's always the risk of hurricanes from June to November. So I have to be prepared to bring large pots into the apartment. I need to do lots more learning before I put out a lot of money on this...it might make more sense to buy from the Farmers Market down the street...*smile*
My mouth is watering for your fresh veggies!

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger melsanford said...

Ooooh! Yum! Can't wait to get my allotment so I can get started! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

 
At 9:35 PM, Blogger Mal's Allotment said...

Hungry gap? Duly filled.

 
At 10:57 PM, Blogger mc55 said...

very nice Matron ... lost my PSB to the weather. Will inspect my rhubarb this w/e, but suspect yours is ahead of mine.

 
At 12:31 AM, Blogger Hazel said...

Note to self to have broc/psb organised for next winter - athough I was a week ahead of you with the first rhubarb {*smile}

Nigel Slater roasts his with orange juice & a spoon of honey - I improvised with my first sticks with a squirt of jif (lemon extract) & set some honey from one of our allotment chaps, and the sharp/sweet mix was superb!

 
At 2:51 AM, Blogger Wyatt said...

You are a bit further along than us...our Rhubarb is just peeking up now, can't wait!

Wyatt's Mom

 
At 4:30 AM, Blogger Mr. H. said...

That broccoli looks wonderful, so does the rhubarb. I can't wait to have fresh rhubarb again, one more month and it should start poking through.:)

 
At 9:15 AM, Blogger Jo said...

Both look delicious. The 'firsts' of the season are always special.

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

Had the very first pickings of my allotment rhubarb this week - in a Sticky Rhubarb Cake for the village Cake Club. Don't know what this early variety is. The one I bought for the garden is Stockbridge Arrow and always seems to be later than everyone else's. Good doer though. No PSB this year - growing out oodles of peas last year, but the leeks are still being eaten.

 
At 8:45 PM, Blogger Anna said...

Your broccoli looks most appetising. I was reading a newspaper article recently which was reporting that there is a shortage of it this year. Good to have your own supply :)

 
At 3:28 AM, Blogger Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Lovely crop. Enjoy them for the sweet labour behind it:))

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger The Plotkeeper said...

You are fortunate with your rhubarb, mine is barely out the ground. Looks lovely and yummy.

 
At 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been surprised by slugs having a nosh on my tiny early stems here in Croydon, so am on the look out now!! I didn't realise they liked it.

 
At 11:24 PM, Blogger Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

I planted Rubarb late last year and it didn't do well! I'm hoping it will return this year ...I will miss it if it doesn't.
I'll just have to get more..

 

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