Broad beans or Horse-beans are not very common in Norway yet used all over the world in many different cuisines: in Africa, Europe and from America to Asia.
How do you use beans?
It can be grown and used in many ways. It is in one of Luxembourg’s national dishes like Judd mat Gaardebounen and smoked pork loin. The dish comes from the small town of Gostingen, which is known for its excellent beans.
On the other side of earth, horse bean is one of the ingredients of bean paste (Doubanjiang) in Colombia. It is often used to make soups.
In the southern Mediterranean countries, in Egypt for example it is often used to make falafel, even though chickpeas are the most common.
In Tunisia, the broad bean is an ingredient of Couscous and it can be cooked entirely. It’s also cooked on the Eid day for breakfast.
These were just few examples of its use.
The advantage of these beans that it can be used in different stages: – immature, ripe or very ripe.
That’s why they can be harvested over such a long period of time. But depending on their condition when they are harvested, they need to be prepared in slightly different ways.
Stages of Broad beans Step by step
Time needed: 48 days, 10 hours and 35 minutes.
We will discover the stage of growing broad bean with details
Place dried beans over a form with paper towels underneath and above and leave some air between the beans. Spray some water over it so that the paper stays moist and place the form in a sheltered cabinet that is not too dark. Make sure that the paper won’t dry: it should be slightly damp but not soaked. It can take from one day to few days before you see them germinate.
- soil preparation
While the horse beans are sprouting, prepare the bed you want to plant them in. They need some space and they will be about 80 cm high so you have to take that into account. Fertilize with organic fertilizer. Make straight lines.
When the horse bean looks like the one in the picture, place each individual bean about 20 cm distanced from the other. 20 cm deep gutter is good so the roots will grow well. Then you cover them with soil and water it.
Horse beans do not need to be watered every day but make sure they do not dry out completely.
Eventually there will be small sprouts.
When the plant grows, beautiful flowers appear and later on they wither and that’s when the horse beans begin to produce.
Pick them as they grow large and when you feel that they are hard inside.
Horse beans have been grown for over 2000 years and it is rich with vitamins and minerals.
Have you tried it?
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