You can eat the lot! But pick them young, when about double the diameter
of an ordinary string bean if you are going to cook pod and all. If you
let them grow to full size the pod is far too tough. You DO NEED TO string
BOTH edges of the pod before you cook them even when you harvest young or
you'll be chewing a mouthful of string at the dinner table. The plants
will produce more beans if you thin the crop out by picking some young
beans off it, too. Go for it! Young broad bean pods are delicious. Cook
them whole, for just a few minutes.
The enemy of broad beans is windy weather. Should the tops fold over just
let them be, don't try to bend them back up! The bent plants will manage
just fine. Much better if you can protect them against a paling fence or
something, though, so they aren't blown over in the first place.
John Savage (my news address is not valid for email)
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