Below is an alphabetical list some of the vegetables and produce we grow in The Kitchen Garden.
Runner beans, flat beans, purple beans, french beans, broad beans. just cooked summer perfection in a pod.
Much easier to eat than to spell. the green brain of the cabbage family.
Not just for pickling and a completely different beast to the canned variety. some flattish, some more roundy round, sometimes cylindrical.
Mostly the pointy orange ones but some strangely yellow but just as carroty.
Small summer cabbages come in red and green.
Big, blocky, green fellas. if I waited long enough they’d probably turn red but it would be winter by then.
Cavalo nero (black kale)
Dark green, deeply savoyed, leaves with a hearty Italian flavour.
Pale yellow kernels tightly packed waiting to be smothered in butter on the barbecue.
Dark green telegraph ones or paler mini cucumbers sometimes just big enough for a single serving.
Purple beauties or round white globes, plus a few mini ones at the end of the season.
Fresh season’s garlic is sweeter and more delicious than the dried version with a more subtle flavour. elephant garlic is even milder with fat, oversized cloves.
A selection of chives, mint, dill, thyme, rosemary, tarragon, Vietnamese mint, sage and Italian parsley.
Onions and shallots
Spring onions and their larger cousin, welsh onion. mild red and white salad onions. the ever-flexible
Sweet, miniature onions in single-person servings.
Early in the season there are sugar snap and snow peas. no need to remove the pods, just top and tail them and remove any strings.
Come in all shapes, colours and sizes. from small but perfectly formed pink fir apples perfect for salads to old blues – blue right through to the centre even when cooked.
Baby yellow ones for individual servings or big, round orange babies for roasting or storing.
Not really a fruit, more of a stem but with its uniquely tart and fruity taste.
Mixed salad leaves of various shapes and colours.
Yellow or green flying saucer shaped zucchini.
Squeaky, shiny leaves with red, yellow or white stems. much favoured by chooks to lay deep yellow-yolked eggs.
All sizes – sweet and smelling just like a strawberry should.
Sweet and juicy red and yellow cherry tomatoes, brown plum-shaped ones and enormous beefsteaks.
Small, sweet, yellow slightly tangy if you try them raw.
Yellow or green shiny summer squash.