this past season being rather full of
strange events meant i had a lot of malformed
or partially developed beans in the pods when
the rotted ones or those that were mummies
(small, shrivelled, not much to them otherwise)
i tossed into the worm bins. the beans that
had more meat to them or were mostly sound
other than splitting or not fully closing their
seed coats i set aside in a different container
so i could cook them up and see if it mattered
as far as taste or texture.
we cooked them up the other day and they
really didn't come out all that different than
the regular and more normally shaped beans.
so that has put the question to rest for me.
true, they are beans i would not plant or use
as display pieces, but they are also part of
production. when the season has been odd or
supply is short they can be a source of edible
calories and they taste just fine.