Today has been the first harvest day of the year. I went down to my allotment this morning to check on my asparagus. We have had a lot of rain and sun this week so I thought there might be lots of growth. There wasn’t really. There were 4 spears of asparagus that were worth taking and that was it. The good news is there were quite a lot more beginning to poke their heads above the ground.
I decided to take those 4 spears of asparagus for breakfast and dig over some other ground ready for some baby plants that I have arriving at the end of the month from rocket gardens. I was quite surprised to find some parsnips that I must have left in the ground and forgotten about last year. I dug those up as well and think they will be lovely roasted as they are quite small or if I can’t use them then they can go into a juice. There were also a few spring onions that looked quite nice.
It is always quite an exciting moment when you get to eat things that you have planted and grown yourself and know that you haven’t used any nasty sprays or chemicals. It is the best way, in my opinion, to eat. You can eat something that came out of the ground just a few minutes before. It does not get any fresher than that. I used the asparagus with some poached eggs on a crumpet with some hollandaise sauce and some avocado. It was truly delicious. The asparagus was so fresh it only needed a minute in the pan to soften slightly. I will post the recipe for this soon along with my really simple hollandaise sauce.
Let me know if you have eaten anything you have grown yourself and what you thought.