Last night was the first freeze of the season. So, yesterday I spent several hours picking the last of the fruit out of the garden. Root vegetables are not as susceptible as the fruits, so I still have some time before I have to harvest them. But the fruits will get frost damaged, so I picked the plants clean, taking ripe as well as immature fruit.
The red Cayenne Chiles will get washed, and go directly into the dehydrator. Cayenne Chile is probably my favorite spice. Again the green ones will have to sit around a while to mature, and turn red. They will turn in a week or so, and then get dehydrated.
The Jalapeno plants didn't do very well this year, and I don't know why. I only had a few that actually ripened, and most were very small. These green Jalapenos will get pickled. They are a constant table side condiment at my house. Nachos anyone?
The Anaheim Chiles usually get used like fresh vegetables, although can be dehydrated and used as a spice as well. They have a lower heat level, but more of that green Chile chlorophyll taste, so they go good in dishes that need some green chile, like Pepper Steak, or chile Rellanos. The red Anaheim Chiles usually get dehydrated and ground to become what is commonly know as Chile Powder, which is the base of Chili, and Enchilada sauce.
Then there are the Tomatoes, my poor, pitiful Tomato harvest this year. I have no explanation for why my Tomato harvest was so pitiful this year. One thing is reduced light, I have an Live Oak Tree which has been slowly usurping the light space in the back yard over the past decade. My garden hardly gets any afternoon sun anymore. I only had a few Roma tomatoes, and Better Bush Tomatoes, and they are all green. They will have to sit a while and ripen.
In addition to all the harvesting I also pulled out all the Christmas stuff, and got the house into Christmas mode. It usually takes a full day to get all of that done. So, altogether, it was a fruitful Sunday, lol, get it? Happy Jala'days! LOL! Chile-mas...