Last saturday I went to the monthly volunteering at De Brede Moestuin, with a friend who was visiting from Denmark. It was the most perfect day, sunny and warm with cloudless blue sky. The vegetable garden is more and more green and there was a lot to harvest.
We chatted while weeding a bed and planting Daikon radish. Meanwhile others picked huge bags full of fava beans, beetroots, sugar snaps, garlic…
Next to the vegetable patches there is also a large area of wild flowers growing high and colourful, with pollinators having a blast. It’s so pretty compared to the skyscrapers and building sites! I can imagine there are lots of other animals living amongst the tall plants creating a rich ecosystem in the concrete jungle.
We got to take some super fresh garlic home, and another volunteer offered us some raapstelen (Brassica rapa subsp. campestris) and mustard greens (with a purple tint) from his allotment telling us what parts we could eat, including the little yellow flowers.
When I’m done working in the garden I’m always starving. So we cycled home and made a huge salad, and a delicious omelette with lots of cheese, then finished off the meal sipping ice-cold limoncello… Simple and delicious!
Have you ever seen such beautiful fresh garlic? The white is so pure when you peel off the outer leaves. It tastes less strong and a little sweeter than the normal supermarket type. I’m going to be cooking a lot with garlic for the next weeks:)