Monday Harvest – 3rd Jun 2013

I made a Thai noodle dish for dinner tonight.  It used both kaffir lime leaves and lime juice.  The limes that grow well in my climate are Tahitian Limes.  They are a little milder than West Indian limes and their skin turns yellow when they ripen but otherwise they are pretty similar.  I have a dwarf tree that is doing well in a pot.


My noodle dish also used broccoli, chillies and Spring Onion.  The broccoli heads below are main heads from my Calabrese (Green Sprouting Broccoli).  The plants these came from have loads of side shoots developing and there will be plenty more coming now I have chopped their central flower heads.

Broccoli       Calabrese broccoli

The chillies I am harvesting at the moment are a mix of Birds Eye, Long Cayenne and Tobago Seasoning.  All 3 varieties still have many chillies setting and ripening on the plants so I think they will crop well into winter this year.  The pardons are also still setting fruit and I am still enjoying eating them.  Today’s lunch even included the much hyped 1 in 10 hot one (actually I think it was about 3 in 12 but still it was the first time I had had variations across the dish, previously they had either been all hot or all sweet).


After a ridiculous amount of rain on Friday night (75ml/3 inches) it wasn’t until Sunday that I got into the garden, everything was too sodden on Saturday to bother.  On Sunday though I decided to tidy up my pots but instead got side tracked and harvested my turmeric instead.  It looks very pale on the outside but inside it is a golden yellow colour.  I didn’t grow much turmeric this year but this bit is a reasonable yield being about 4 times the size of the original rhizome.  I broke a piece off to grow next season, the rest will become curry paste as soon as I harvest the lemongrass.


Finally I continued to pick lovely quantities of parsley.  This lot I used in an Ottolenghi recipe which saw cauliflower roasted with saffron, olives and sultanas.


And those were my photographed harvests for this week.  For more head over to Daphne’s Dandelions for this weeks harvesting fix.

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24 Responses to Monday Harvest – 3rd Jun 2013

  1. You are so lucky to have lots growing all year round.

  2. What wonderful yield you’ve got. Especially at this timeout the year. I’ll definitely try to be more prepared next years and have crops still producing at this time.

    • Liz says:

      It is hard I think trying to juggle space and allowing enough room so that you always have a bit of room for crops coming on.

  3. I love thai noodle dishes and feel good being able to throw in a few home-grown greens and coriander – but being able to grow your own turmeric and limes must feel wonderfully satisfying! In awe of your amazing harvest once again!

  4. Sarah says:

    Your Thai noodles sound good – can’t go far wrong with a dish that combines broccoli, chilli and lime!

  5. Great harvest! I didn’t get much this week, but things are growing great!

  6. Shawn Ann says:

    Great harvest! I have not had tumeric yet but I hear it is super healthy! Nice for you to have your own supply!

    • Liz says:

      I read about it being good for arthritis and as many in my family are sufferers I reckon the more I eat the better.

  7. Michelle says:

    You’re still harvesting Padrons! 🙂 I just put 10 plants in yesterday – probably too many but I’m not taking any chances. What perfect broccoli, just beautiful. Funny that we are on the same broccoli schedule in opposite seasons, I just harvested most of the main heads from my plants too.

    • Liz says:

      10 plants – that is a lot of padrons – I will be planting more myself next year plus I’m hoping the plants I have will over winter OK as well. I’m really glad you introduced me to them.

  8. kitsapFG says:

    Those peppers just keep on chugging along giving you week after week of harvests – quite impressive! The broccoli heads look very tasty.

  9. Dave's SFG says:

    It’s amazing how your peppers keep going in cooler weather. Even if we get a nice Indian Summer in the fall, there is usually a killing frost mixed in there to put an end to the peppers. And I envy your Kaffir lime. The leaves can supposedly be purchased frozen but most of the Asian stores around me are Korean and they don’t know what I’m talking about.

    • Liz says:

      Fortunately we are spared frost so it does mean that crops can go along way into winter before they realise its really too cold to crop.

  10. Daphne says:

    Wow still getting peppers. Wonderful harvests.

  11. I love seeing the combinations you harvest, so different than what we have here in Maine. It’s like having a new color palette, I keep imagining all of the delicious things to cook with those elusive flavors!

    • Liz says:

      We have a Mediterranean type climate but geographically are kind of a part of Asia so I guess our gardening is influenced by both. Melbourne is a really fun climate to garden in I have to say.

  12. Norma Chang says:

    Just transplanted my Calabrese broccoli, hope mine do as well as yours. Everything is late this year for me, hoping to finally catch up this week.

  13. mac says:

    Love fresh herbs and spices you have there, the noodle dish sounds yummy, can’t believe you still have peppers this time of year.

  14. Balvinder says:

    It looks like that you are still getting a good harvest in this season. The thai noodle dish with kaffir lime leaves and lime juice sounds interesting, I have always used tamarind.

  15. Diana says:

    Oh wow you are still harvesting chillies in early winter 🙂 .
    Nice tumeric harvest for Melbourne weather.
    The curries must have finished up quickly.

  16. Lrong says:

    The thought of the Thai dish makes my mouth water… hmmm…

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