Out of curiosity, I decided to investigate the black and shrivelled broad bean pods earlier this evening that appeared on my plants while I was away on holiday last week. I had thought they might have been attacked by some insect or disease, so I was pleasantly surprised when I opened one up. Inside were dried but otherwise seemingly healthy beans.
After this discovery, I thought ‘Why not shell all of these pods and keep them for next year?’ Who knows, they might turn into something edible….
If they don’t, I have been given a recommendation by a friend to try dwarf beans. I have enjoyed the crimson flowers on my current variety but I am interested to see how the dwarf plants might look. And of course what they produce 🙂
© Helen Butt, August 2013.