Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Broad Beans


The Broad Beans have taken a hammering in the last lot of wind. We haven't had a chance to stake them yet, and this makes them a bit easier to pick anyway. The tops of them are well over seven feet off the ground, and they are bearing heavily. I used to live in a town where you never locked your car, except in summer, in case someone found it open and filled it with zucchini. We have new neighbours just down the street (and we like their dog), so we have left a bag of broad beans tied to the gate. I need to think of other strategies for passing them along - people lock their cars all the time here, and the town is bigger, so you don't see cars you know.

Mum used to serve up the very small pods like French beans when we were kids, but we didn't like them. But it would save them getting bigger. We do pick them much smaller than you get in the shops/podded frozen though. Much nicer, and lightly steam them.

Broad Bean Salad
Lightly steam the podded broad beans, and chill. Mix with equal quantities of commercial tabouli salad. The one from Coles is good, the one from Woolworths/Safeway is unpalatable.

Also, can you see the new addition in the background? We got an arch for $10 from the $2 shop (work that one out!), and are about to grow the cucumbers up it.

4 Comments:

Blogger Sometimes Unwilling Guru said...

Hello,Im glad I found your blog,I was looking or photos pf Christmas lillies and came across you, Im painting a Christmas card and couldn't find my photos,Ive some here and at work so had plenty of photos but alas they are hiding on computer someplace. My Broad beans were good but had to pull them out for other veggies the family would eat more of, Tomatoes,beans(Lazy Housewife one),zucchinis etc

1:54 PM  
Blogger Kare said...

What a stunning veggie garden! I was looking for inspiring gardening blogs that I can add to my bookmarks to keep me inspired and I think I'll add yours if that's ok :) Thanks for sharing!!

8:13 AM  
Blogger James Martin said...

Broad Bean Salad, you need to taste it in person before you can comment on how wonderful it really is. I don't think it's hard to grow your very own broad bean plantation. You can even do it in your backyard. Besides these beans, you can even put in a few seeds of cucumber, peas, they would grow well too. These aren't like any exotic species of plants that would need some royal attention. They grow pretty much on their own. With these beans growing behind your house, you always have abundant resources to steam up some nice salad, whenever you or your kids are hungry.

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6:53 PM  
Blogger Alex Krasovskis said...

I grew them for the first time this year and what a success they were. Easily the best cropping bean plant I've ever planted. The scarlet variety are also quite ornamental.

8:49 PM  

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