Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Fail Gardener Update: FOOD!
This post is part of an ongoing series about the amateur gardening efforts of Second Snack. With no prior knowledge of how to do any of this, hilarity and fails will most definitely be happening. Follow along and see how this experiment turns out.
Well, the plants are definitely producing now. Last time I showed you what I called the calm before the storm. Now, we've got food coming in to the kitchen from the yard a couple of times a week. Unfortunately most of my pictures are on my phone and I'm too lazy to post those pictures but I've got two for you for this blog post.
Above is a picture of the first Sungold tomato to ripen. This is a cherry variety and is so... dang... good. The other day, I plucked this tomato from the vine, rinsed it off, and popped it in my mouth. I will remember the sensation of how that tomato tasted for a very long time. The explosion of flavor that resulted from the crush of my molars into that little tomato was intense. I stood in the kitchen with my eyes closed (how embarrassing) chewing on that tomato and yelling at Sarah, "duuuude this is so good!"
Most of my harvesting so far has been bringing in zucchini and yellow crook-neck squash. Their flavor is subtle but compared to a store-bought version, very distinct. Usually when I cook with these two vegetables after getting them from the store, their flavor pretty much blends in to whatever else they have been cooked with. The versions from the garden retain their flavor and can be identified very easily while eating. Its just amazing what flavors you can get from a home grown vegetable.
The great thing about these green beans is that even after cooking completely, they retain their snappy and crunchy texture. I don't remember ever having a green bean that didn't get mushy after a good amount of time being cooked. Next year, I may have to plant more bush bean plants because so far, this might be the best treat from the garden.