Fifty shades of fava beans

The only thing growing like crazy in my garden is Fava Beans. Almost five months after planting, the bushes are almost six feet tall and some of the more mature plants are developing very thick green pods. I am going to have to tie the bushes up to support them as the beans become heavier.

I wondered how to tell when the beans are ripe. From the Foodista site:

“You know when fava beans are ripe when the beans are firm to the touch within the pod. Avoid any squishy bean- it’s not ready!”

Ooooo, fondling fava bean pods to test for turgidity! Sounds kind of dirty!  Well, after gently squeezing the beans, I can confidently say that the beans were still all squishy and definitely not ready to harvest…

Stay tuned.

About Chrystal

This blog is my online journal to keep track of what is going on in different parts of the garden, different times of the year.
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