Dried broad beans

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.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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2 Responses to Dried broad beans

  1. mybrightlife says:

    Will be fun to find out. Hope you are still blogging next summer!

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