Posts Tagged ‘purple sprouting broccoli’

Plant of the year award 2015

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Forget the Oscars and all that movie stuff, the most anticipated award is the Plant of the Year award given at Casa Azul!  The first award, given in 2012, went to the leek. Actually, it should have gone to all alliums in general. They all do very well regardless of the changing weather and we have onions, both red and yellow, garlic, chives and leeks of course all growing now. The following year the award went to the aubergine.  These have done better some years more than others but it’s really great that they can now be bought as plugs in the garden centres if you need to get some replacements. 2014 saw the prestigious award go to the soft fruit; we have raspberries, black and redcurrants, gooseberries and of course strawberries which all do well. I have recently pruned or cut these back and mulched them all. I have to say the redcurrant bush looks like it suffered over the long, hot summer last year but I’m sure it’ll bounce back.

So I have decided to give the 2015 award to a plant that has been successful every single year, just when there isn’t too much around. Right now there are 4 plants, all taller than me, and despite taking a whole year to grow they are definitely worth it. Once going they can be so productive we can’t eat them all and many turn to flowers which the bees appreciate. Yep, it’s the purple sprouting broccoli!

psb

This photo was taken in March when the plants were in full swing, now they’re just a mass of huge leaves (well done those who recognise the Spanish Festoon which is having a bit of a nibble). Usually we just steam the florets, which then lose a bit of their colour, and serve them with a mustard vinaigrette. Very simple, always tasty.

The hungry gap

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Spring is often referred to as ‘the hungry gap’. The winter veg have come and gone, and the summer crops are just seedlings.  Next year I’ll make sure there are some calabrese and cauliflowers for the table but we do have two delights ready to eat now (having finished off the last of the cabbage last night). At long last the purple sprouting broccoli has sprouted, a year after sowing, and (also a year later) the artichokes – the first two chokes we will have tonight along with a whole bunch of PSB – mmm.