Last Friday, we decided, on the spur of the moment, to nip up to the farm for the weekend.
When we went to the farm in the middle of May, I had shoved four broad bean (fava bean) seeds into the ground next to each of the three trees which we had just transplanted out of pots, and which hadn't been doing well at all. These trees are now on the irrigation system, so planting the beans beneath them, meant that the beans would get water also :)
I wondered if they would produce, without my tender loving care / staking against the wind / pest control, etc. :)So, arriving at the farm on Friday, I got the surprise of my life. I had a broad bean harvest that completely blew me away! The plants, heavy with pods, and not having been staked, were sprawling all over the ground - with beans even hiding under the fallen plants. Not one of the bean pods, either on the plants, nor lying on the ground, was damaged / eaten by insects - be they slugs / locusts or giant grasshoppers.
In fact, I harvested approximately 12 kgs (26lbs) of broad beans...
... which translated into just over 3kgs (6 1/2 lbs) of beans out of their pods.
Glorious, luscious, plump morsels of...
...heaven in each mouthful :)
I now have a supply of food which is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, whilst being high in dietary fiber, protein, phosphorus, copper, manganese and an excellent source of folate.
We ate a portion last night - simply boiled until the outer sheath split and then slathered in butter. Delicious :)
I have placed the rest of the beans in the freezer, but, would like advice on how else to preserve the beans? And what is your favourite broad bean recipe?
It just goes to show you, Mother Nature, when left to her own devices, is perhaps the best gardener of us all :)