Summer is still elusive. Nighttime temperatures are dipping into the lower 50′s, while daytime temperatures stay close to 70. The Frost peach tree is moving ahead anyway, doing its best to ripen its fruit without summer heat.
This is the first year we get any fruit from this tree. So far some peaches have been excellent, others not so good, not as intensely flavored as I was hoping. This is not a good year to be critical, though, too cold. The tree is doing what it can, next year hopefully the weather will be more typical for this area and we will be better able to evaluate the fruit’s flavor. We are mostly eating them fresh but I am seeing a peach cobbler in the next few days.
I have a large pile of shallots drying in the sun. I guess it would be better if I didn’t pile them like this. Too bad, there is no room to dry them in one layer. I’ll leave them there for a day or two and then clean them up and bring them into the crawl space for storage. Shallot vinaigrette with aged sherry vinegar anyone? That’s my number one use for shallot, although I also love to use them as aromatics in all sorts of stews and sauces.
Jimmy Nardello peppers are always the first to turn red in my garden. They are thin walled peppers, sweet and pungent at once, rich. It is easiest to fry or saute them, but they are best grilled if you keep an eye on them and take them out of the fire as soon as the first hint of charring appears. If you get distracted you’ll soon end up with a bunch of carbonized peppers. The reward for attentive grilling is red pepper paradise. The absolutely best tasting pepper I have ever eaten. I have to plant them every year. I just picked these, haven’t gotten around to cook them, so I don’t yet know how this year’s cool temperatures have affected their taste.
I’ve also been picking lettuce and greens, a few not quite ripe tomatoes, eggplants, some zucchinis, lemons, nopales. Enough to eat every day, not enough to preserve for the winter yet.
For more delicious pictures and stories of harvests and to add your own, head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions, host of Harvest Monday, and take a look at what other gardeners have been up to this week.