The Broad Beans Are Back

baby broadiesLast week I was convinced the wind was destroying my broad beans. I really like broad beans. With today’s fantastic sun and assuaged winds, came a chance to get in and discover the damage. And I’m pleased to say, they did just fine; until an exuberant 2-year-old tried to help me pick them. Broad beans are robust but I’m not sure they are toddler proof.

The broadies are eeny-weeny-teeny-beany sized but they’ll be delicious tonight in this broad bean salad.

Those lovely, pillowy pods will be added to the worm farm. The plants will be a great source of biomass for the next compost heap and until I pull them up are being an excellent cover crop accumulating lots of nitrogen for the next lot of plants to go in there. Broad beans are smashingly good plants to grow.


  1. Yes we’ve had a wonderful crop this year as well! Do you stake yours? We didn’t but the neighbours staked theirs and they seem to hold up much better and they’re easier to pick too. A couple of tips: split them into large and small sizes before cooking and add the small ones at the end so they don’t overlook. Shucked, uncooked broad beans are good to freeze. I like them added to salads and they also make great dips. I whipped up some cooked broad beans with a bit of garlic, lemon, salt, pepper and goats yoghurt and it was delish!

    • A woman after my own heart – I’m dippy for dips. Such wonderful tips, thank you! I usually build a bit of an enclosure around my broad beans but this year left it all to fate. Things got very bendy. If they had been in close quarters with other things the beans would have flattened them.