How to Harvest

Cavolo Nero

equipment bare hands

Cavolo Nero or Palm Tree Cabbage is in fact a type of Kale and it is an incredibly worthwhile plant to grow. Leaves are produced up the sides of a central stem that grows slowly upwards producing more and more crinkled dark green foliage as it goes. To harvest simply start with the bottom-most sets of leaves and pull them sharply downwards so they snap off at the stem. Always leave about 6 to 10 inches of stem at the top fully clad in leaves so plants can stay vigorous and healthy. Plants will often remain productive for up to 6 months and the stems can get really long (and sometimes fall over). Growing to upwards of six feet, the tough, fibrous stems are sometimes used as walking sticks!

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How to Harvest

Banana

equipment Loppers

In warmer areas, large - and heavy - bunches of bananas are ripening around now. They are ready when the bananas have visibly swelled but are still green. Watch out as you bring them down by cutting the whole stem away from the main plant with some loppers. You might like to get someone to help by taking the weight of the bunch as it is cut free. Bananas can then be ripened to sweet perfection indoors in a warm dry place.

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How to Harvest

Broad Bean

equipment bare hands

The size your beans are when you pick them is really a matter of taste. To eat the pod and beans inside pick at around finger size. Let the pods get a little bit bigger and then pop the pod to eat juicy young beans. If you are going to cook your beans for dips, salads etc. - where the beans are blanched and the skins removed -then you’ll probably need to wait until your pods are thicker than your thumb with beany shapes along their length. Best not to let your pods get too large or the juicy sweetness of the beans will be replaced by a flat starchy flavour.

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SEASONAL RECIPES

Broad Beans with Feta & Mint

This broad bean recipe is such a good example of how great garden fresh ingredients shine with very simple treatments - you really appreciate how delicious those little beans are.

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SEASONAL RECIPES

Celery, fennel and parsley salad

As the weather warms up everyone seems to want to lighten the diet after all the winter comfort foods. This salad uses really strong flavours and crunchy textures to deliver a taste and textural delight - and with these ingredients, the fresher is always the better!

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