7.8.12 Baby beets, fennel and drying herbs

The row of Bull’s Blood beets needed thinning, and yielded a handful of baby beets clinging to a harvest of edible greens. While the leaves will go into an erbazzone, we plan to roast or saute the baby beets with some equally minuscule new potatoes.

Pickings for dinner — the first fennel, to be shaved into a salad;  favas that we’ll grill, then top with chopped mint; and basil toppings to be shredded and tossed in with some sauteed summer squash bought from the farmers’ market.

Rather than waiting/forgetting until fall, we’re trying to remember to harvest and dry herbs while they’re still at their peak, starting with the sage and thyme.

Still plentiful: salad greens, kale, chard, peas, favas, radishes
Newly harvested: fennel, beet greens, new garlic
To come: tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, green beans, carrots

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14 Responses to 7.8.12 Baby beets, fennel and drying herbs

  1. I love the idea of griddling the fava or as we call them, broad beans-never tried them that way! I’m busy eying up mine in the garden to see when I have enough to try now!!
    Beautiful photos again BTW-love the colours and the presentation!

  2. Good reminder on harvesting herbs now….how quickly summer is moving along. Everything has burst into bloom!

  3. Nice herb harvest! And small beets are better than no beets in my book! :)

  4. pooks says:

    I am so glad you mentioned drying herbs. I’ve never done it. I have a cabinet filled with store-bought and am now wondering if I should dump them and fill the bottles with my own!

  5. Everything looks so pretty and delicious!

  6. I planted Bull’s Blood beets too! I haven’t pulled any yet, but your post has made me hungry for beets so I might have to go check a few!

  7. jenny says:

    Gorgeous greens and beets!

  8. Liz says:

    That’s lovely looking sage. I eat a lot of fennel but I’ve never tried growing it. I think I’ll sow some seeds this year though, it must be lovely to have fresh bulbs.

  9. Norma Chang says:

    Must go check my beets, thanks for the reminder. Your harvest and photos lovely as usual.

  10. maryhysong says:

    love those little beets. I usually steam mine, tossing in the chopped greens at the last minute. Reminds me I need to get more herbs dried too; just not enough hours in a day!

  11. maesprose says:

    I envy your garden. Everything looks so wonderful!

  12. Daves's SFG says:

    Not a bad harvest for just “thinnings” from your beets. My Bulls Blood are just sitting there doing nothing.

  13. Michelle says:

    Erbazzone sounds wonderful, a great use for the beet greens. I love to roast the baby beets and use them in salads. And what a treat grilled favas are!

  14. I love seeing herbs picked and drying, I’m a visual person and good pictures of how other people do it inspires me. Very jealous of your sage, we tend to over water ours and most of it has died.

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