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Harvesting Before the Freeze

For a whole summer I have watched the beautiful, vining sweet potato plant in my garden and wondered what was happening below ground.  Sweet potatoes can be dug as soon as the tubers reach suitable size but farmer friends like Tim say the flavor and quality improves with colder weather. They can even be left in ground until after the first freeze  and leaves blacken, but you don’t want to leave them in too long and have rotten potatoes.  So today was my  day to pick!

Sweet Potatoes from Ann's Garden

Sweet Potatoes from Ann’s Garden

Of course, Tim had more. He has a nice big plot at The Farmer’s Branch Community Garden.

Tim's Sweet Potatoes

Tim’s Sweet Potatoes

I also picked my green tomatoes.  Dorothy  picked 70 pounds from her garden last week and made the most delicious Chow Chow.

Chow Chow is a southern favorite made from pickled green tomatoes and other veggies. It is served alongside  black eyed peas to hamburgers to cornbread, almost anything and hers was the best I have ever tasted.

Green Tomato ChowChow

Her recipe will be shared tomorrow!

Ann

 

 

 

 

4 responses »

  1. Was Dorothy’s chow chow hot? When I was growing up in Collin County, it was usually flavored with a hot pepper, but some people made it without the pepper and it was sweet. I would like to know what you call the “the best you ever tasted”. I missed tasting it myself, now I wish I had seen it, I would have tried it.

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  2. Diana, It was not hot, it had a sweet lingering taste as if the last bite was a piece of pie flavored with the perfect spice. You will be surprised by the very simple ingredients.
    Chow!
    Ann

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  3. I want to come over & see!

    Sent from my iPad

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