Another gift to the hard-working gardener is the harvest of the vegetables that take forever to mature, like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and winter squash. Perhaps our tastebuds are simply trained to the harvest calendar, but it’s just about now that these things seem so darned desirable…and tasty.
And some harvests allow you to contemplate infinity. Witness a close-up of the broccoli:
isn’t that crazy? And I will have you know that I hosed off the cabbage moth caterpillar poop and powdery Bt before getting out the camera. I grow both ugly and pretty, equal opportunity. Romanescos almost never get this large for me; this is one of three impressive ones as the others are much more gnarly and small. And: they taste more like cauliflower than broccoli, if you’re curious.
There are still more late harvests to come. Threats of frost hustled me to get out the cabbage knife and hack off a head of tender Romanesco. Other head- and flower-growing brassicas can take quite a bit of frost: some of the tight cabbage heads, especially the wavy savoyed ones, will last for a while, and much of the cauliflower and most especially the Brussels sprouts will last through Thanksgiving. But…can I wait that long?