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DONNAMARIE GALLAGHER
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:22 pm    Post subject: french beans (borlotti) Reply with quote

Anyone any tips on harvesting and storing dwarf feench beans( borlotti). I have picked mine and dried them indoors. Just wondering if I can store them in a clean jar?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont understand what you mean by storing dried french beans.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I grew dwarf french beans ( borlotti) in my polytunnel. They are now ready, I have picked them and left them to dry in the house. I have now put them into a glass jar to keep until I need them. I am hoping this is the right thing to do.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dwarf french beans are picked and cooked while they are still crisp and fleshy and before the seed is formed. They are cut into short lengths and it is the flesh of the pods that forms the edible part not the seed. This is a very common mistake for beginners often thinking they are treated like broad beans.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sugar, and here I was waiting for my borlotti beans to fatten up.

So it would be best to cook them now, and its not the lovely spotted beans that you get to cook up Sad

you learn something new ....

thanks Michael
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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dwarf french beans are picked and cooked while they are still crisp and fleshy and before the seed is formed

I panicked when I saw this. Thought I had added to my long list of mistakes! One of the books I have says that you can also eat the beans themselves. You have got to be careful to soak them overnight and then rinse and boil them properly to break down the toxin lecithin (which apparently can give you severe stomach upset)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

as far as i am aware they will freeze well if you have too many for immediate use
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blanche and freeze is a decent way of storing them
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can of course dry them out. Once the pods are brown you can harvest, then dry them until you can't make an indentation with a finger nail. They will then store in a paper bag all winter in the cupboard and use as any dry bean, soak and cook. You can also use as seed for next year. They are good as green beans in the pod, a delicacy in Italy, or the pods themselves, Take your pick!
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