Kale, beautiful kale. This year was the first time I have grown kale in my garden. To be honest, it’s the first time in my life that I have ever eaten kale as well (to the best of my knowledge). I love leafy greens such as chard, spinach and those delectable dainty salad greens such as arugula, but had surprisingly never been enticed by kale. Now I love it! It is such an incredibly lush looking specimen with its large blue-green leaves. I am fascinated by its natural waxiness that makes water bead and roll off its leaves upon contact. Yes, I enjoy the little things in my daily life to the extreme. Makes me appreciate the world around me more when I take the time to notice the minute details.
Aubergine, brinjal, eggplant.
I have learned so much this season. I knew that the eggplant is a member of the nightshade family – a relative of tomatoes, peppers and potatoes. I knew this because, according to a naturopath I consulted with years ago, I was to avoid all members of the nightshade family. Guess I don’t follow advice very well, eh? I am nutty for nightshades but try to keep my consumption moderate. I used to eat tomato sandwiches every day for a period of time when I was in my 20’s until I realized this was a reason I felt “off”. Everything in moderation.
Yes, that is an arm in the background not part of the plant. This is an eggplant, not an arm-plant.
I recently learned that the eggplant is not actually a vegetable, but a fruit. I was aware that tomatoes are fruits but never considered the eggplant anything other than an intriguing veggie. Not only is the eggplant a fruit but (wait for it)…it is a berry! Say what? The plant world is fantastic, isn’t it?
The lovely eggplant is not a powerhouse of nutrients but does contain fiber and antioxidants. Plus, it’s nice to shake up the variety of vegetables on offer at the dinner table.
My cucumber plant is going berserk. It took a bit to get going at the beginning of the season then just took off. I would normally have pinched it off but since it seems to be doing so well on top of the pergola I think I’ll just let it do its thing. My daughter asked me recently if the cucumber was in the same plant family as squash. She was “bang on”. Squash, melons and cukes are all part of one big happy family.
Useful for so much more than munching on or slapping on your eyes when they are puffy or tired, cucumbers are very versatile.
– cucumber can be used to quickly shine shoes and repel water
– tightens collagen in the skin for instant firming action
– it is suggested that cucumber skin can erase pen, marker or crayon – I haven’t tested this one so try at your own risk
I love cucumber in a glass of water on a hot day instead of lemons or limes.
Capsicum annuum “Tequila Sunrise”
I am so excited to taste this variety of pepper. It looks so spectacular against the green leaves.
The tomatoes are starting to ripen. We have harvested a couple of bowls full at this point with a plethora left to pluck upon ripening. I have been enjoying the “chocolate” variety over the past week. I love the subtle differences between the varieties. The distinguishable tastes, acidity, texture differences…oh my!
This truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” ~Hanna Rion