You’ll recall the post on gherkins and which crops came up this year and which didn’t and apples were mentioned?
These were Chuckles’s:
Tree groaning with them. From his notes, I note:
One of the joys of getting on in years and taking up allotment gardening and such, is that you get to try the new ‘experimental’ varieties and cultivars as they mature through the year.
Here we have a multiple strike – Asparagus Peas, which last year got munched by the mice, snails and birds, but this year are producing like crazy, and spaghetti squash, which was an absolute winner last year, but this year we are trying out a new ‘mini’ round variety, while still growing the trad variety as well.
[From the South African years], S Africans as a nation are absolutely besotted with ‘Gem’ squashes, small round tennis or cricket ball sized green squashes that grow likeweeds in almost any conditions and produce huge quantities of fruit/squash, and story for several months under almost any conditions.
Mature squash have a fairly stringy texture when cooked, and spaghetti squash is very similar, but with a much bigger rugby ball sized squash, and a stronger flavour.
We’d heard that spaghetti squash, like Gem squashes were delicious when picked and eaten ‘young’ almost as a summer squash, so we thought we’d try out the new variety, which already has about 25 squashes forming on 3 plants.
These are considerably bigger than Gem squashes a,d have o be cooked longer. Like most squashes, they can be boiled, steamed, baked etc etc, we simply cut in half, boiled for 30-40 mins removed the seeds and served, with a bit of butter.
Ditto the asparagus peas, boiled and served with butter, and all accompanied by some roast pork shoulder and rice, with a bit of gravy.
The asparagus peas were good, but I’d prefer them in a stir fry or salad, as the dry weather is making them a bit tougher than they need to be. Still, very good overall
The squash was beyond outstanding. An absolute knockout. Tastes very similar to a Gem squash, but stronger flavoured than a similar age Gem, and much more creamy in flavour.
I need to plant some more.
While this is going on, the newly picked onions are drying in the shed, the dehydrator is drying some broadbeans, some raspberries and some apple. Gherkins are bubbling away in a bucket, sauerkraut in another one, chutneys and jams are maturing in the storeroom etc etc.
A lot of these things can be grown in large pots, but need to be outdoors. Spag squash also tends to sprawl and take over the neighbourhood, faster than Japanese Knotweed.