A reader asked me last week what happened with the borlotti beans. Oh yes, the borlotti beans. I have to admit, I have completely forgotten to cook with them or write about them. Not to worry though, they are safe and sound, dried in a jar and have not gone to waste.
With drying the beans, I did what I most often do: went with the flow. I left the pods on the vine picking them as they started to turn to dark purple in colour meaning they had started to dry out. I placed them to the basket in the picture and left the basket to a cool, dry and airy place for couple of months. The pods had dried out nicely with the beans rattling inside, however, the pods had started to turn quite yellowish brown which worried me slightly. I started to pop the beans out the pods and turns out the beans seemed absolutely fine. Now they are waiting to be cooked in a jar. Italian bean stew at the weekend, maybe?
Have you grown your own borlotti beans? How do you like to cook these cool looking beans? If you have any good recipes, please share in the comments!
Mrs V x