10th December - It's all about the seeds and juggling skills: Seeds to eat, seeds to share, seeds to save for next year and seeds to buy - not many of those - plus several very necessary but enjoyable juggling acts about now every year
This week seeds have been a very big focus, and so I'll start with Seeds to Eat for Harvest Monday,
First to our table are the Drying Beans.
The Runner Beans performed so erratically this year that I gave up checking them over for edible pods, and so ended up with a whole lot of pods hiding in
the mass of foliage, all far too tough to eat. I started chopping these up for composting, but then lost interest in that whole Runner Bean event, so just ignored them completely.
When I took down the support sticks, I threw all the huge pods to one
side, but as these dried out... look what we ended up with: several meals' worth of beautiful big fat beans!!! Once dried to total hardness they will be stored in an airtight jar.
We also had a smaller harvest of dried mixed
French beans, plus some peas not needed for sowing next season. These will make a tasty substitute for cannelini beans during the Winter.
Before using them, any beans need to be soaked for 24 hours, then rinsed, and boiled in fresh water
for at least 15 minutes. They contain a toxin called Lectin, a glycoprotein, which needs removing to avoid food poisoning. No short cuts with this, please!