It is always a fun surprise to snap a photo of my backyard harvest, and then see how different it looks from similar pictures taken on the same day, from one year to another. The photo above shows my harvest of the day for today, June 12, 2021.
Two years ago, I had a varied harvest on June 12, 2019, which included, from left to right, the last of that year’s asparagus, a single sprig of cilantro, some multiplier onions, a bunch of strawberries, chamomile, red perilla and at the centre, two very small parsnips:
I ate the strawberry in the spot (LOL) and then used the bounty harvest of cilantro with a bag of frozen tomatillos that I had saved specifically to make a batch of green salsa, and cooked Stuffed Chicken Breasts in Green Sauce.
This year, there were no berries for me, although the squirrels have partaken in the feast of some early fruit already. My harvest was all greens, mostly herbs, clockwise from the pot at the top, which has some basil ready to eat, and a few smaller seedlings; some chamomile and spearmint; the whole crop of garlic scapes, collected to allow the garlic bulbs to grow strong; all my loose-leaf lettuce and cilantro, before they bolted with the heat; and in the centre, a little oregano, although the plant is really big and will need heavy trimming soon:
Now I have the challenge of figuring out what to cook with this harvest …