Coldest November night for 25 years

This week the UK experienced its coldest November night for a quarter of a century –  temperatures of -17.3C were recorded in Llysdinam, Wales

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/28/cold-weather-snow-winter

For some veg this cold weather  is good news as it helps their flavour to develop:

  • Brassicas, such as brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, turnips, winter radish and kale will all develop a better flavour during cold weather.  Some of these can even be harvested during the winter weather and it is recommended that you cook kale leaves directly from their frozen state.
  • Parsnips (and some Carrots): Frost helps turn the starches in parsnips into sugars to give the characteristically sweet taste.  However, harvesting parsnips from frozen ground is not an exercise I would recommend – you need to wait until the ground has completely thawed!
  • Endive and Radicchio: Again, a light frost can improve the flavour of these slightly-bitter plants as can blanching them after harvest.

Find out more about how the snow  is affecting plants in UK gardens at:

http://blog.gardenersworld.com/2010/11/29/winter-snow-and-tender-plants/

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