Thursday, August 24, 2006

Normal Service Is Resumed....

For whatever reason, be it the bees, the drop in temperature, or the recent prolonged rainy spell, the runner beans are now back in full production again.

Nice long beans, and still quite tender for this time of year.

A welcome revival.... but a puzzling one.


Anonymous Leonie said...

funny that, I mentioned the problem I had with my borlotti beans a little while ago. well this week they've started setting pods at long last. must be something in the weather. lol

10:10 pm  
Blogger Tiercel said...

another garden

1:29 pm  
Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

My runner beans got off to a slower start than the other pole beans (italian), but now they're making up for it. Compared to the Italian pole beans, the runner beans have almost a sweet flavor (its the first time I've grown them). I've been cooking them in water or steaming them, sometimes then mixing with tomatoes & other things. Do you have a preferred way to cook them?

4:50 am  
Blogger Greenmantle said...

Hi PG ...

I just slice them, using a runner bean slicer (so much better than chopping them up with a knife) and boil them in lightly salted water.

Serve with a knob of butter, and plenty of pepper.

(Don't know if you have bean slicers in the US - it never ceases to surprise me how many friends here have never seen one! It's a small plastic or metal box, about 2"sq with half a dozen thin parralel blades inside. You push the beans through from end to end, and it slices them into long thin ribbons, which you then cut into indispensible kitchen item in my house at this time of year)

7:06 AM

7:08 am  
Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

I bet they don't have to cook as long sliced like that either.
Thanks for the tips!

10:59 pm  

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