2010年10月16日土曜日

I heart cabbage

I used to avoid growing vegetables like cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower as I felt the bang for your buck factor was severely lacking. You wait two-three months for your plants to mature, harvest the first head and bang, plant ceases to have a reason for existence beyond caterpillar fodder.

Well so I thought anyway until one of my neighbours told me that if you harvest the main head carefully (without overly damaging the plant) side shoots will sprout and you will be able to harvest a second (albeit mini) crop.

And so we gave it a go.


Gorgeous, crunchy, sweet, five per plant and perfect one meal sized cabbages. And don't they look kind of heart shaped to boot? To be honest I think I prefer them to the giant main cabbages which always seem to split from growing too fast and go wilty in the fridge before we get through a whole head.

And so with this second (and secondary) crop in mind today I planted eight Autumn cabbages. I will give away the first harvest and look forward to the bonus one.

4 件のコメント:

Vicky さんのコメント...

That's a really cute cabbage! I love cabbage and so does Yoshi so we can easily get through a big one in three days between us.

Gina さんのコメント...

We love cabbage around here too, so many different ways to eat it. Noboru especially loves stir fry veggies with cabbage as the main ingredient. And I never knew that you could get a mini crop after the first big ones go. That's nice to hear. And like you said perfect for a one meal size. Yumm.

jojoebi さんのコメント...

so what do you do with it all? I end up chucking it in with what ever we happen to be having for dinner, just wondered if you had any fab cabbage recipes?
I have one for cabbage and stale bread soup that I haven't tried yet...

oh and thank you for the music video, just hoping it doesn't give the monkey any *bright* ideas!

Lulu さんのコメント...

They are a cute cabbages.

I didn`t know you could get a mini crop off the bigger crop later- that is great!! I wonder if you can do the same with negi? They have negi growing up the road and I wondered if they only get the one "negi" from each plant or not...

I am not a huge cabbage fan but have definitely got more into it since living in Japan- also Shun loves it so sometimes I have to give in and buy one (and yesterday I sent Shun to do shopping and said he could choose what we were having for dinner last night and tonight and he choose two dishes that have cabbage!)