Just a very quick post to share our first big harvest from Raised Garden Bed Number One – butter beans, green beans and zucchini. (Doesn’t get much better than walking ten steps to pick veggies for dinner 😊)
The butterbeans are in full swing, while the green beans are just starting to catch up in production. We harvested just over half a kilo of beans (see basket pictured above). There would have been more, however as fast as we were picking the beans, the toddler was eating them 🙂
The zucchini plant has also worked out really well. Big fuss-pot that I am, I find bitterness in zucchini really off-putting, so I’ve been watering the plant really well and taking care to pick the fruit while it’s still young, before the seeds (and bitterness) have a chance to develop.
As for eating…the green beans are sweet and crisp enough to eat raw, but I’m finding the butterbeans need a touch of steam to bring out their buttery flavour.
The zucchini has been surprisingly good – even the non-zucchini-eater in the household has been enjoying it (much to my amazement)!
I’ve got a few recipes up my sleeve to try, but I think I’ll be starting with ‘Steamed beans with hazelnuts and lemon butter’ (Grow Harvest Cook, M.Kirton & M.Sinclair, p.61)*. That is, if the kids actually leave me any beans to cook…
*No, nobody’s slipping me any commission money – it’s just a really good book 🙂