They compared purple tongues at dinner

CROPPING at the allotment this week:

Purple pleasures

Red onions. Huge this year, and satisfyingly shiny when you dry them for a couple of days and peel away those crispy outer layers.

Raspberries. Not as good as previous wet years, but delicious.

Early carrots. Forked and mis-shapen. But much nicer than the generic straight watery ones in the shops.

Spuds. Looking better the longer I leave them in the ground. Keep and eye out for blight now, and remove the leaves above ground if spotted.

Beetroot. Ah, how I love beetroot. Pulled when snooker-ball sized, boiled in their skin which when removed reveals that bleeding, staining, vibrant vegetable which tastes divine with a sprinkle of salt.

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