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People should be more nice to madagascar beans

Hi everyone,over many garden visits I have met many people growing madagascar beans and although having admitted to growing them lots have dismissed their edibility.I would like to change that for the non believers I HOPE.This weekend My stepson Josh came up from melbourne and although not a chef he bloody well should be .The plant gods have been good and I had a major size jar full of dried ones and many waiting to come for him and his creation.Here is my recipe and I will  call it JOSHES MADAGASCAR BEANS.


                   150 grams of        Dried madagascar beans lovingly grown in your garden

                    1 TSP of bicarb soda  ,

                    Butter ,  salt, pepper  

                    sorrel, lovingly grown in your garden

                    flat leaf parsley same as above

                                                  COOKING METHOD 

            Firstly soak 150 g of dried beans overnight in twice the amount of water with a teaspoon of bicarb soda.During this time water will be be reduced and beans will dramatically increase in size but do not add more water or they will be too mushy,says Josh lol.

           Then  put in a saucepan covering beans with water,then bring to boil and reduce to simmer for half an hour or till soft. and drain.

           Then heat frypan on med heat with 2 tablespoons of butter and add beans and fry until coloured then go out quickly  and pick 2 handfuls of sorrel ,I grow the french long leaf type ,and 2 handfuls of flat leaf parsley but hurry dont burn the beans lol.Alternatively do the harvesting earlier,cook these herbs  through GENTLY until wilted  and season with salt and pepper to your liking.


      With the volume indicated  I could have eaten this as a main meal,but after my hand being slapped by my wife lol It would be a great side dish for 2 or 3 people or as a little prestarter mingling with your friends  and enjoyng your favourite ale or wine.

                                                      FINAL COMMENTS        

Jokes aside, for anyone that hasnt grown these they are indeed a seriously productive plant ,just put up with them for 12 mths as they will produce in low quatities and into the 2nd season they are simply amazing,.Plant only a seed or two every year and you will never be out of beans ,oh and the young green immature beans  are tasty cooked in garlic as well but not recommended to eat the pods.




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Comment by Dave Riley on July 22, 2018 at 21:05

If you search 'Madagascar Beans" on Google you are likely to get this post by Andrew soon enough,.

Much as I recognize the option of harnessing bio gas from the consumption of these legumes -- in my experience, nothing comes any where near the capacity of Jerusalem Artichokes  to generate personal DIY methane.

In passing I'd like to offer my legume -- ie: bean pulses -- preferences, judged by utility and personal taste (in no particular order).

  • Black Beans
  • Lima beans (aka Madagascar/Butter Beans)
  • Red Lentils
  • Green Roma-style pole beans
  • Pigeon Peas.

I'm growing three of these. I've not had much luck with growing Black Beans and Lentils are beyond my green thumb comprehension.

Remember, legumes will fix your soil Nitrogen so why not grow them and the greenery makes great mulch.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 22, 2018 at 19:39

I think my Madagascar lasted four years.  This week, it will be removed and replaced by not one, but two! new seedlings.  I love the Madagascars and the pressure cooker means that I don't even need to soak them overnight.  I freely admit to being a filthy heathen - my favourite is the bean and ham (bacon hock really) soup, followed closely by chili Tex-Mex beans and American style breakfast beans. 

On another note, I've been looking for device to harness to myself in order to bottle bio-gas.  The two bean vines, if successful, could allow me to go off grid for gas! 

Comment by Dave Riley on July 21, 2018 at 23:53

While beanz aint beanz I'm back growing 'Madagascar Beans."

Thank so much to Andrew's envelope in the mail...

I'm looking ahead to the harvest of...

Well there you have me..or had me.

Madagascar Beans are really 'Lima Beans' or 'Butter Beans' of the Pole (climbing) persuasion:Phaseolus lunatus.

Their seed colour aligns them with a heirloom variety of Phaseolus lunatus.: 'Christmas' / 'Chestnut' / 'Giant Speckled' / 'Speckled Calico', which crops in  78 days.

This is ye so called 'Madagascar Bean'.

I may be a legume conservative but i know what I like and I love the Traditional Greek bean soup recipe (Fasolada). which is made with Lima/Butter Beans

Obviously Madagascars will suit.

The Greeks also bake these beans -- as in 'baked' beans. The dish is called Gigantes plaki.

Let me tell you that in my Greek Taverna days Gigantes plaki accompanied every meal as part of my Melbourne  'Greek Town' luncheons. Sort of syrupy beans cooked just right.

Your afternoon was always farts-to-go.

Fortunately there is a Pressure Cooker version:LINK. -- baking is a much longer DIY.

So I'm now happy that I have located Madagascar Beans within the legume universe.Some folk angst over lima vs broad beans -- but your everyday broad or fava bean come from North Africa (Old World) and the Lima -- while it doesn't come from Madagascar -- originated in the Meso- and South America (New World).

Comment by Lissa on October 11, 2015 at 11:25

I'm curious if anyone has cut back their vine (apart from myself obviously). When I asked a few times if the plant would regrow with a severe haircut I didn't really get an answer.

Comment by Roger Clark on October 11, 2015 at 6:43

My M Beans are growing new leaves, some of the old leaves have dropped off, to be replaced with, as yet, smaller new leaves, and flowers. I even have new beans in places. I didn't get round to trimming them back due to the usual slackness that I display almost all of the time. I should have trimmed back one plant and then I could made some kind of sensible comparison as to the effect that the trimming has on production. Next Year Maybe??? Or has one of the non-slack gardeners out there in beanland done such a comparison? 

Comment by Lissa on October 11, 2015 at 6:26

My vine was covering other plants and the letterbox with dead growth. Had to come down. My inner housewife couldn't stand the dead stragglyitis.

Good news is, the substantially solid stump is putting out new growth.

Comment by DARREN JAMES on October 10, 2015 at 23:30

Hi all I hope your m beans are growing well.With regards to the straggly beanitis I and other people had  on their  vines I thought I would report further. With a nice big bunch of compost and a good watering of seaweed and fish emulsion and NO pruning there is now new growth and more flowers.I found it interesting that this stragglyitis syndrome only affected the older vine as my younger one never stopped producing or got straggly .Would be interested to know the state of other people vines.THANKS

Comment by DARREN JAMES on October 6, 2015 at 17:24

unsure of the names Lissa but I wil find out,cant see why they wouldn't grow up here.

Comment by Lissa on October 5, 2015 at 5:59

That's interesting. Any names to go with the plants and do you think they would grow here?

I keep a jar of M beans in the kitchen nowadays and just throw a handful into the meal if it's going to allow time for them to cook.

Comment by DARREN JAMES on October 4, 2015 at 20:11

Just when I thought that Madagascars were the only perennial bean I come across an epsisode of Vasillis garden and they went to a nursery where they had 5 different types of perennial bean.The ones they showed looked like the stock standard bush bean type but apparently they are eaten young.

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