It is great now that the veg garden is starting to be productive. Today I cut one of the first cauliflowers. The trouble with this crop is that most of the plants all mature at once so once they start it is a case of cauliflower with everything! Caulies don’t stay in good condition for long – a week at the most – and then they start opening up and going yellow. This is an F1 hybrid called ‘Sapporo’ and it is a great variety. Sown in March and planted out at 45cm x 60 cm most of the plants have made good heads with long leaves that protect the curd till it is ready and then they splay out to reveal it. It is a good idea to break the inner leaves over the curd to protect it from the sun and keep the curd white.
This head is a nice one and I weighed it after the photo was taken – 1.6kg! So it’s cauliflower cheese for tea tonight. But what shall I make tomorrow with the rest?