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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 20, 2013 at 19:39

Thank you for the offer Elizabeth - share with the Greek lady. I have taken Broad Beans from my list of plants I will continue to grow. Last season was the straw - just a few pods, the garden occupied for months and water, water, water. Best of luck for the next year, I'd like to know how you go.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 29, 2012 at 10:14

Wow, Elizabeth! What variety are you planting? Your micro-climate might be a tad cooler than we are here close to Redcliffe ... or you've got a more suitable variety ... or you're green-thumbed ;-) I'd be keen to have a few seeds if you've some to spare. I can swap with some seriously delicious climbing Beans, so sweet you can eat them raw.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 20, 2012 at 7:21

Amaranth for leaves is quite space-efficient, even the old plants make great mulch put through the mulcher. Growing those huge plants for seed is not good use of space, though.

Comment by Lissa on September 20, 2012 at 5:39

It's a bit like collecting Amaranth for personal use. Very difficult to grow enough :S...especially when there's other things which give a lot more back for the space used.

I'm sure the roasted BB are very nice. I have dried ones that I use in cooking.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 19, 2012 at 16:36

Next best thing is roasted Broad Beans. Made at Maleny with Aus-grown BBs. They do roasted Chick Peas as well but the BBs are less teeth-cracking.

Comment by Tracy Arnold on September 19, 2012 at 10:49

I had visions of broad bean dip.  But, I did actually speak too soon as there's now TWO MORE beans.  Whoop!!  

Comment by Lissa on September 19, 2012 at 8:22

Snow peas yes :D

You and I just have different taste buds lol

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 19, 2012 at 7:38

We're never going to agree on flavour Lissa! That something is flavour which is subjective at best. Who can describe? I can't, they don't taste like anything else. If you don't get that flavour, then there's no point to growing them except for a cover crop and they're a bit slow-growing for that to be practical. But we do agree on Snow Peas, Lissa! :-)

Comment by Lissa on September 19, 2012 at 6:06


Eat the whole pod why not? I've grown them for the first time this year and am seriously underwhelmed with the flavour. Very watery and tasteless.

Must be something that makes them worthwhile growing?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 17, 2012 at 14:59

I can understand that! This year I got the best crop ever ... maybe 24 beans. I've just cut down and chopped the plants. There's many flowers but few pods. I eat them pod and all, picking the pods at about 2 inches long. The tops make a great steamed addition to a meal, too. I left it too late the take the tops out originally but I've nipped off all the tops now and am eating them until finally there's no more until next year. This year, I got the seeds in in February/March to give them the most time before the shortest day so they've had the best chance. It's marginal for BBs here so any pods we get are a bonus. Michelle at Ningi got dozens of beans last year, perhaps her garden is cooler than ours. That's part of the trick - coolth not warmth plus potash plus calcium plus lots of water. And some beez!

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