Shell beans from their pods

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

ThIS task, known as ‘shuck­ing’ is like yoga for the soul. Just grab a chair, a bowl, a hand­ful of beans and start pop­ping. Not just any beans, mind you – beans suit­able are those that are dried like kidney, bor­lotti, but­ter and can­nellini beans, or types that are shelled and used fresh, like soya beans and this fla­geo­let bean I’ve grown called ‘flam­beau’. Dried and fresh pod­ded beans are ex­cel­lent for casseroles, risot­tos, and soups.

While french and run­ners are grown for their pods and need reg­u­lar pick­ing, shucked beans can be har­vested all in one go. Just wait for pods to dry out on the plants or, as is the case with these fresh fla­geo­lets, wait un­til the pods are large enough.

‘Shuck­ing’ is like hor­ti­cul­tural yoga! Cir­cled: bor­lotti beans

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