Broad beans can be boiled and added cold to salads, smashed into mash with added garlic for an humous like dip, pan fried wih garlic, or added to casseroles, risottos, and bolognese.
Broad beans are the only hardy bean – meaning they are capable of resisting cold weather. They can be overwintered by sowing in autumn. This can be very successful, with harvests up to a month earlier than sowing in the spring (or a total failure depending on the severity of the winter). If overwintered, they can fill the gap between early and late spring when there is little else available on the allotment.
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