I now have a large bowl of beans – probably enough for a week’s worth of dinners, if I hadn’t already been eating them with almost every hot meal!
However, just as the broad beans end, my sugar snaps have begun. In a week they seem to have gone from nothing to being covered with pods.
As the sugar snaps are definitely best eaten young, and I have had my fill of broad beans (for now), I am going to blanch the beans, remove the outer skin, then freeze them. Then when I need a taste of sunshine in November, I’ll know what to cook.
I understand that I should cut the bean plants off at ground level, leaving the roots in the earth to rot, as they are a valuable source of nitrogen for the soil. I’ll probably plant some more salad leaves there, as my remaining lettuces are bolting.