Harvesting the parsnips and cavolo nero

Harvesting the parsnips-ugly but delicious

If you remember we planted the parsnips in spring.  Most seed packets will say February but parsnips are slow germinating and do better if the seeds are sown in April.  

Traditionally they are not harvested until after the first frost but ours had grown to such whoppas that we thought that if we left them any longer we would never get them out - it took a great deal of tugging as it was!!!  If like us you decide to harvest yours now you might want to leave them to become sweeter for a week or two.  

Enjoy them cut into quarters lengthways and roasted with a coating of olive oil.   Great with a vegan cottage pie- (see next week's Meatless Monday recipe).

Please see also Organic gardening update: spring planting two-

Harvesting the cavolo nero

The cavolo nero is also ready to harvest and is 'cut and come again'.  Cavolo nero is actually a kale - its dark green leaves are bursting with folic acid for healthy cholesterol levels and therefore a healthy heart.  It is a good source of fibre for gut health and it is also good for your eyes.  It is lovely stir fried with rosemary, garlic and a few chilli flakes as a side dish. Please see also this week's Meatless Monday recipe which was 'Meatless Monday: Stir fried kale with barley and mushroom risotto' - http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/meatless-monday-stir-fried-kale-with.html

Happy gardening and eating!

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