Friday, 2 September 2011
I've never grown them before and was pleasantly surprised - they are easy to grow, easy to pick, tasty and nutritious. The pods are very thick with a moist, fibrous lining - most surprising when you break one open. The taste is rather like peas... delicious!
We picked the plants just about clean and began the task of shelling the beans. To prep them for the freezer, I steam blanched them and rapidly cooled them in cold water before slipping off the casing.
The casing doesn't have to come off, but I do find it on the bitter side, so I collapsed in front of the TV last night and repetitively slipped them all out of their skins while watching a show with Megan :)
I ended up with 4 large ziplock bags of fava beans in the freezer ready for winter eats :) YUM!
We also picked a few hot peppers yesterday (just in time for Kelly to come home tonight). He loves hot peppers and anything spicy... we'll see what he thinks!