Bean Tops

Posted on June 19, 2010


One of the best bits of growing your own are the little extras that you can’t buy in the shops.

Growing broad beans give you a bundle of benefits.

In the early evening at the moment the flowers smell gorgeous, it’s like jasmine wafting across the garden.

Then there’s broad or fava bean tops.

This time of year I pinch out the tops of the plants to help them concentrate their efforts on growing beans.

There are two bonuses to this. One is that it really reduces the chances of blackfly setting in.

The second is that they taste blooming lovely steamed with salt, pepper and butter.

They are a bit like asparagus but much softer and more broad-beany tasting.

Funny that.

They are good on top of risotto too.

As for the this crazy looking bunch of chard.

It looks amazing but I’m not quite sure what to do with that yet.

It’s currently sat in a glass vase looking pretty.

All suggestions welcome.