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First day feasting

Updated: Jan 2


Main meal today, the first day of 2022, is a stew of black eyed peas, onion, cauliflower, carrots, celery and wild mustard greens (latter fresh-picked from the backyard) seasoned with ginger, garlic, and Berbere Spice mix, cooked ital style in a cast iron skillet.

Weighing in at almost 4 pounds, the Vigna unguiculata (cowpeas/black eyed peas) were probably the most successful dried legume harvest in 2021. I did plant several varieties. However I mixed all the pale varieties after harvest here. I lost track of who was who.

There’s around half a pound of Black Crowder cowpeas in another jar.

With the lovely purple speckled Christmas Lima beans, white Lima beans already eaten, and two other varieties of bean the total dried legume harvest for 2021 was over 7 pounds, probably nearer 8.

Such beautiful beans: Othello Pinto above and Appaloosa below.

Starting the year with full pantry shelves is a good feeling.

In spite of the record setting heat and drought of the past season, this little piece of Chihuahuan desert can feed me. Not 100%, but substantially.


The tallies also do not take into account the tepary bean harvest which was grown for Native Seed Search


Happy New Year! Viva La Vida!

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