Hungry Gap

I was reading some cookery writer in the papers describing the ‘hungry gap’ as this point in the year, when there’s nothing to eat but kale and root vegetables, which had me muttering ‘hashtag firstworldproblems‘ at my weekend supplement (yes, I do spend rather a long time on twitter these days, why do you ask?). In fact, as anyone who grows their own vegetables year round knows, the real ‘hungry gap’ is May and June when all your winter vegetables have either been eaten or sprouted and the rest haven’t really got going. At this time of the year, as I was tweeting smugly only the other day, we’ve got relatively plentiful fresh produce – leeks, parsnips, kale, more kale, a bit of perpetual spinach, some over-eager purple sprouting broccoli, and, bizarrely, spring onions.

Or at least that was the picture until the ground froze solid. The parsnips will now need a pickaxe to extract them from the ground, and the leeks and spring onions aren’t going anywhere until it thaws either. That leaves some beetroot which has been frozen and defrosted enough times that it has started to delaminate in interesting ways, and the kale, which is looking a bit … well over-harvested (you’ll have to excuse the quality of the picture; my phone camera gets almost as excited about a bit of sunlight as I do these days).

kale patch

Tell me, does everyone’s kale patch look like this at this time of the year or is mine the only one channelling Dr. Zeuss?

3 Responses to Hungry Gap

  1. geoffrone says:

    Absolutely, the kale is very similar to yours. the spinach stuff is still plentiful and the purple sprouting is just a mass of foliage at the moment – I did read somewhere that the foliage was the most nutritious bit but I found it “toughly inedible”. I do have tons of onion flavoured slime if you’re interested!

  2. stcleve says:

    Looks different to mine 😀 rabbits picked most of mine in the summer!
    Have you picked the lower leaves on the stalk? I only pick from the top.

  3. disgruntled says:

    Geoff – sounds like you’ll have a good crop of PSB in the spring then. Mine always go off early.
    Stcleve – the lower leaves tend to die off. We pick the ones in the middle because the top ones are too fiddly and small

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