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I've not kept on top of the runners this year and now I have loads of beans I need to pick.Can I prepare them so they aren't stringy? Or can I pop them open and harvest the actual beans, and if so how do I cook them?
Yes you can cook the actual beans , I read a recipe somewhere recently. I seem to recall that they were recommended for drying and using to bulk out winter soups and stews, like a haricot.
Pop the pods (just like peas, along the seam), and cook them in boiling water, or fry them with garlic and butter, or put them in a soup. Runner beans are yummy, make sure you save a pod for next year's seeds
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