Here it is- the end of the season for my cruciferous vegetables. This final cutting of broccoli signals the end of the winter crop as the summer season heats up. It makes me a little sad. I love the winter vegetables.
I’m not sure why, but the entire cruciferous family really gets me going. And it’s not just because these are the ‘gassy’ veggies. I think it’s because of the flavor.
This is a bland bunch of vegetables you say? Hell no! This great family includes some really good stuff!
- horseradish (on prime rib?!?!?)
- cabbage (Soup!)
- brussels sprout
- romanesco (Looks cool!)
- cauliflower (SOUP! with Tabasco!)
- bok choy (My wife can stir-fry the dickens out of this)
- chinese cabbage (Or Napa, depending on your slant)
- turnip root
- mustard (You had me at ‘mustard’)
- wasabi (Sniff!)
On my final harvest, I got 4 good-sized heads of broccoli, just before they flowered. I was hoping to make some soup today, but it just didn’t happen. This is now my lunch plan for tomorrow.
I encourage everyone to plant a winter garden. Plant some cruciferous veggies- do it Old World style. It doesn’t matter what part of the world your people are from, your traditional dishes are full of cruciferous vegetables because they are ‘Super-Veggies.’
And don’t forget…George H. Bush refused to eat broccoli when he was President. Which means George W. probably never ate broccoli either. Can you think of any better reason to have it with every meal?
Here is a bonus picture of a garden visitor I had while picking the broccoli. There were actually two of them, I shot this one. With the camera.