Warning: The following true account is not for the faint of heart. It is presented here solely as a cautionary tale for those who would grow and harvest their own broccoli.
Tonight we harvested our first head of broccoli from our first fall crop! Despite the ongoing damage by those pesky worms, all 8 of our plants are forming heads. In fact, I was rejoicing because I hadn’t recently found any contestants to play my previously described ‘Cabbage Worm Armageddon‘ game. And now I know why.
I prefer my veggies steamed, and I have a whiz-bang microwave steamer. So tonight I washed my freshly-harvested head of broccoli, and cut about half of it into mini-heads for nuking. Two minutes in the microwave, and voila! I put the broccoli on a serving plate, and my husband, Nicolas, and I sat down to dinner.
Shortly thereafter I noticed a light-green worm-like thing in the middle of the serving plate. No, could it be? Ewwwwww!!!!! It was. It was a very dead cabbage worm. Ewwww!!! I spied another (very dead) worm poking out of another piece of broccoli. Ewww!!!! After disposing of the corpses and a careful inspection, Nicolas and I determined that the rest of our dinner was worm free.
But then I thought, ‘gee, maybe I should check the rest of the broccoli in the fridge’. Ewwwww!!!! Good thing I did!!!! I found about another half-a-dozen worms happily hanging out on the little stems under the crown of the head. No wonder I haven’t seen any worms outside on my plants, they’re all hidden under the crowns!
I’m not really sure how to inspect under the broccoli heads while they’re still attached to the plants (without destroying them), so I guess I’ll just have to be extra-vigilant when I bring the harvest inside. Lesson learned!
By the way, for those who are wondering what became of the invaders I found in my kitchen, I’ll let the title of this post speak for itself.