I mentioned a while a go that I really needed a good early Autumn for some of our vegetables to reach harvest size. I am pleased to say that so far, September has been fabulous and the harvests are still rolling in. The forecast is looking fine for the next week too, although the nights definitely on the chilly side more often now. And the mornings come to think of it as I found out when I drove the the bus stop in my PJs today!! I am also of frost watch as a few years ago we got our first frost of the Autumn on September 28th.
Late September harvest at Eco-Gites of Lenault
Clockwise from top left -
Chard, Carrots, Pears, Yellow Courgettes
Savoy Cabbage, Sweetcorn, French Beans
|The freshest sweetcorn possible|
One of the reasons the sweetcorn tastes so good is because it is so fresh. I remember Geoff Hamilton (my gardening inspiration) being asked once how long harvested sweetcorn would keep. He answered thus:
You see, as soon as the sweetcorn is picked the sugars that make it so sweet begin to change to far less tasty starch. This is why I would never buy sweetcorn because however fresh they claim to be, they will never be as fresh as the ones we can cook within seconds of picking them.
Do you grow sweetcorn and if so have you noticed how much sweeter it tastes than shop bought ones?
Time then, for my regular link up with Annie's weekly gardening blog linky over at Manneskjur. Do pop over and have a nose around some other gardening blogs.