Eggplant—purple italian, purple japanese, fairy tale
Herbs—mint, garlic chives, italian/tulsi basil
Lettuce—green butterhead, romaine, arugula
Onions—green, yellow, sweet
Peas—black eye, white acre, creamer
Peppers—red/green/yellow/orange/mini sweet bell, poblano, cayenne, banana, jalepeño, italian roasting, variety hot
Shoots, Sprouts and Microgreens
Squash—butternut, seminole pumpkin
Tomatoes—grape, beefsteak, cherry, large plum, green
Local and Fresh—
Market tables are filled with North Central
Florida’s late summer bounty of hot peppers,
along with okra, eggplant, pears and muscadines.
Jalapeño pepper flavor is fruity and distinctive
which, to me, is more important than
the heat, which varies from pepper to pepper.
Remember the heat is in the ribs and
seeds inside, so you can dial down the temperature
by discarding them if you want. And don’t
forget to wash your hands carefully after working
with hot peppers—please, don’t rub your eyes!
Putting Food By
I have been acting like a squirrel getting ready for winter,
putting up a few jams and jellies
of family favorites as the summer
goes by and loading our freezer with goodies for the future.
While I put by at least a couple of servings of every soup, stew
or casserole I make,
fruit in season is so inexpensive that I can’t
resist a freezer full! Strawberries were first,
some whole and
some sliced and coated with just a touch of honey.
just whole berries sealed in ziptop freezer bags,
a couple of cups of blueberry sauce
ready to top pancakes. For
the first time I froze some sliced cooked figs, but preserved the
rest as usual with lemon slices. Peach season was a bust this year,
so it was mangoes that
put me over the top—quart bags full of
slices, most raw, some baked, and some peeled halves.
rearranging our freezer, trying to pack in everything, and then
finally admitting defeat,
I called Mom to “rent” some freezer
space. I took over several bags of fruit to clear
up the rest of my mangoes so now I am ready to move on.
What’s next? Strawberry guavas and, soon, persimmons!