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    Hi
    Just made a vegetable chilli with my own dried beans and it tasted wonderful. These are a real boon to have for winter eating and I shall try and cram as many in as I can this year. Had black ones, orangey brown ones and speckled ones, all lovely. They cook so quickly and very tasty. Just as easy to grown as ordinary beans and no problem to dry (hung mine in the greenhouse till pods were crispy.)
    So just a reminder as we are all starting to think about what to buy, plant some beans for drying. A real value crop and also one that doesn't take up freezer space so extra welcome.
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    Good in soups & stews as well Sue
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    Try pea beans in chili - they look great! And taste good too.
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    Last year my son brought some supermarket beans (gigantes) back from Greece and asked me to grow them. I didn't expect much - older gardening books say that butter beans don't like the cold European climate - but they cropped well and we'll grow them again next year from saved seed. Perhaps climate change is working in our favour?



    I'm with you Sue, the difference in taste and texture between home and commercially grown ones makes dried beans well worth growing. We were so chuffed with last year's crop

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    Well done supersprout! I grew butter beans last year as well but only planted a dozen. Very much like runner beans I got maybe 1.5 Kilo off them. Unfortunately I froze them!

    Do you think the dried butter beans you buy for cooking would be ok to plant?
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    Snadger I read on one forum (yes I do read others!) that someone did and got a good crop.
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    Soak beans overnight, drain, put into a jar and rinse twice a day. If they sprout, they'll grow

    It's not all sunshine and roses - the boring bean beetle can find and infest stored dried beans It pays to be vigilant - if you spot a damaged bean, freeze or bottle the unaffected ones

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    I grew supermarket chickpeas some years ago, completely by accident. I soaked them for cooking and left them too long one hot spring. They sprouted, so I planted them. Made a lovely looking plant, but unfortunately I moved before I could crop them. Often wondered what happened!

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