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.