Broad beans tend to be regarded as somehow not quite as good as the borlotti and french beans of high Summer perhaps its because they are easy to grow but for me this simple dip transforms them into a great quick hummus in under 10 Minutes
160g broad beans podded
juice 1/2 small lemon
15 mint leaves
4 tb extra virgin olive oil, plus extra
zest of small lemon
sea salt, to taste
Boil or steam the beans for 3-5 minutes, until tender. Older beans may need longer cooking.
Rinse under cold water with ice cubes, drain in a colander.
Remove outer skins especially with older beans, best way slice one end and gently squeeze bean out
Blitz beans, salt, lemon juice and mint until smooth in a processor or with a hand held stick blender, adding olive oil in a stream until you achieve the consistency you desire.
If you like a coarse texture you can break up the beans with a fork
chop Lemon zest into fine pieces
A good quality, mild tasting oil makes all the difference to the taste
Once smooth, add zest and taste seasoning.cover with little more oil to keep in fridge for a couple of days if you can resist it
Sometime you may find yourself with some seeds that are well out of date but you may still want to try and grow them either because they are rare, scarce or of unknown origin
When it come to Peas or beans one of the ways to get the best germination and also avoid lots of wasted compost or space on a propagating bench is to pre-germinate then before sowing
Take your seeds and in a container cover them with luck warm water and leave somewhere like the kitchen for 12 hours during which time the outside coating of the seed will soften and allow moisture to enter swelling the seed which encourages the seed to germinate. Any that don’t discard at this point
Drain the seeds and place a piece moisture retentive cloth like that has been dampened but is not soaking wet into the bottom of a plastic container.
Place lid on the container and keep at around 75 degrees as we want to achieve quick germination and peas are affect quite a lot by temperature
Germination temperature for peas : 40 F to 85 F – Days to emergence: 9 to 13 –
Optimum around 75 F.
9 days when soil is 60 F.
13 days at 50 F.
It may take as long as 4 to 5 weeks at 40 F.
As soon as the peas show the first emerging shoot carefully pick them out of the container and place them into short root trainers pots of Multipurpose compost roughly 2cms deep and cover with more compost.
When the peas emerge grow them on in a cold frame till around 5cms high when they can be planted out into a growing bed.
It might seen an odd thing to film but there are reasons for clearing your Beans and Peas in a particular way as they can still help your garden to be productive after they have finished producing there own crop