For many years, people have been using harvest baskets for various purposes. From the first harvest when the harvest baskets tend to make lighter work of the carrying and storing, many farmers rely on these sturdy, portable, and lightweight baskets to assist them bring home the crops.
You must remember that you can use baskets for gardening to carry everything from flowers and herbs, fruits and vegetables, to hats, gloves, and hand tools. The choice of the harvest basket usually depends on the jobs they perform. This article discusses how to use harvest baskets properly.
You can make a harvest basket extravaganza
If there is a special occasion, you can use a harvest basket to make a display that appears good enough to eat. Think about this, if you are coming from your garden, you can make a beautifully arranged basket full of baby vegetables, colorful edible flowers, and fragrant herbs. This tends to look so appealing that it’s tempting to eat them rather than just look at them.
This is the reason why it makes sense to assemble a basket of either raw or cooked vegetables for parties and special events. You can have that feeling of just-in-from-the-garden as you work to keep the color, contrast, and texture of the harvest.
Vegetable and dip platters are usually some of the most popular party foods. To make something spectacular, you can decide to create a basket of crops that appears sophisticated enough for a wedding meal, or even casual enough for any backyard barbecue. You need to get inspiration by having the freshest and best ingredients. Therefore, you can just take your harvest and gather a few vegetables and see how you can use your creativity.
Types of vegetables suitable for harvest baskets
You can use your harvest basket to keep whole small vegetables. Not only do these whole small vegetables have more eye appeal than fully grown ones, but they are the ideal size for a one-bite or more bites. You can break apart and loosely reassemble large vegetables, such as cauliflower, Romanesco broccoli, and many others.
Ideally, what you can place into a harvest basket varies with the season. You can use the basket to carry carrots, scallions, edible flowers, mushrooms, bite-size potatoes, and herbs. A spring harvest can include baby beets, asparagus, and tiny sweet radishes. Some of the summer staples include green beans, tiny squash, and cherry tomatoes.
You can choose woody-stemmed herbs with substantial leaves that don’t wilt easily. Purple sage, variegated lemon thyme, and rosemary tend to hold up nicely.
Also, you can use edible flowers, but make sure they are grown organically. When it comes to calculating quantities, then you can count at least a piece of each vegetable for each person. But this can vary depending on whether this is the only appetizer for a large buffet or for a group of people. Because the appearance of huge amounts of vegetables is important, you can choose to prepare more vegetables than you need. This means the leftovers can easily be put to good use in soup or salad.