We've been eating so much Romanesco Broccoli I think it's giving me a tummy ache. The down side to planting a punnet of eight plants is the glut you receive at harvest time. I'm always scouring the pots at the nursery to see which punnet offers the best value, so there may have been even more then 8 plants, my seedling gluttony is giving me a noisy belly.
The Big Bowerbird planted these in June, it is amazing that we have them to eat at all, as the visiting chickens were very partial to them. After being almost pecked back to their stalks they have recovered, and grown huge with the addition of some chooky fertiliser.
The slugs and earwigs are also very fond of Romanesco Broccoli, and it takes a lot of washing to remove the critters from all the nooks and crannies. It is one of the less pleasant chores of growing organic food - dispatching the foes.
We are also harvesting garlic scapes, I love that name, the bit of garlic that tries to run away. I tried cooking them one year and they were a bit tough, so I wasn't sold, and left them to produce bulbils the following year, but I think my garlic bulbs were reduced in size as a result. With an early pick and removal of the flowering end I am a complete convert. Garlic scapes are delicious. They taste like garlicky asparagus, sweet and delicate in a stir fry.
Theses are my rejected bits. Does anyone else cut their scapes in half or do you use the whole scape?
Scapes and broccoli in stir fry made by Mr Bowerbird.
Find the recipe here - I added lots of fresh chives and oregano.
I would love to know if you have any more broccoli recipe suggestions.