Thursday, 21 November 2013

Broad beans

Caught in action stretching another top.
 How else are you meant to pick beans for tea?

Eating broad beans is all a matter of preference of when to pick them. 
For our family we like them young, about a finger size. 
Top and tail and slice and gently simmer.

Broad bean tops are also consumed here by pinching out the tops once the flowers become curly sooty curls and just before the bean pods begin to appear. Pinching out the group of leaves stops the bean plant growing taller and sends it's energy into making beans.

I cook the bean tops as spinach - very quickly lightly boil or use in a stir fry.

Broad beans are known as fava beans - which always makes me shiver - and think of Silence of the Lamb..

Oh Anthony Hopkins sure is scary.


  1. i have never eaten these. i always harvest my garden using whichever top i am wearing.

    1. The are known in USA as Fava beans - SHUDDER always makes me think of Silence of the Lambs...

  2. ooh that sounds yummee. I am having a veg stew with soya beans tonight, but in the summer the Mr grew broad beans and they were so tender we tossed them into our stir fries.

    1. I'm not a fan of soya in any form. Right up there with potatoes.
      Love Leanne