Brunswick cabbage underneath, Nero Di Toscana (aka Black Palm Tree cabbage) on top
These leaves were picked this morning for the start of my "fresh" smoothie season. The Brunswick cabbage is an old stand-bye and eventually will head up, but grabbing a few leaves here and there should not hurt. Besides, the cabbage loopers are missing so far this year. Anyone else notice that?
The Toscano is new to me. Here is the description from the seed company " This loose-leafed “cabbage” dates back to the early 1800’s at least. It has beautiful, deep black-green leaves that can be 24” long. They are heavily savoyed. This Italian heirloom is popular in Tuscany and central Italy for making fabulous soups and stews. One of the most beautiful and flavorful types you can grow. "
Neither of them gave a strong cabbage taste to the smoothie. Of course, it was competing with banana, almond milk, strawberries, fig, a blend of raspberries, blackberries and blue berries, plus coconut butter, red grapes, carrot, mushroom, and chia seeds, so maybe nothing had a chance to stand out. :-p
While I am talking gardening, has anyone else's figs been killed back? I have not seen ANY growth from the ground yet. I know it got cold, but expected them to survive. Oh, the days I used to spend covering them with leaves and blankets. Now, they live or die by Nature's whim.
If most of the seeds are viable, we should become the bitter melon capital of at least Bedford County. I have four sprouted in cups about 2" tall and 15+ planted in a row of the garden. Get your taste buds ready folks. We will probably be able to give the first flush to our oriental friends but there should be more to share. HorsePoopPerson, you still have that church member who likes them?
I decided to plant ALL the seeds I have left in order to refresh the stock. That includes planting corn that I had given up on several years back and a pack of edamame. If they sprout, we should have some good eating.
I had broadcast spinach and beets early this year and all that seemed to be coming up was weeds, but I waited since they are often hard to discern when very young. I was rewarded last week when I mounted the tiller up to rework the beds. Many had sprouted, so now I wait to see if I can separate the weeds from the seeded veggies. Oh, my back!