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What the experts get wrong

Advice changes just as fashions change.  One thing I query is the oft trotted out gem - pick vegetables young and small.  Well, I don't want a hulking great marrow, so ok about courgettes, but, really,  broad beans!  Who wants them tiny, wet and lacking in taste.  Mine are big, floury and strongly flavoured.  Ok, tough skinned and very few of them, unfortunately, but worth it.  I can hear people muttering about young peas, but no.  Don't want my vegetables sweet.  That's pudding in my book!



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,422

    I like my broad beans very young, cooked in the pods. Very nice. Better than mange tout

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,896

    The thing that put me off broad beans when I was young was that they were big and floury - as soon as I had my own garden and could pick them before they reached that stage, I began to like them, and now they're one of my favourite vegetables.  I either pick them when the beans are about the size of my thumb nail  (I have large hands) - still tender, definitely not floury, and full of flavour and, as Nut says, I sometimes cook (stem) them still in the pod.

    And as for objecting to vegetables tasting like 'pudding' - well, there's no accounting for some people's taste buds, but  to me a tasty and delicious sweet pod of peas, picked and eaten before the natural sugars have turned to starch,  tastes nothing like a Pavlova, cherry clafouti or Iles de flottante (some of my favourite puddings image). It's a different sort of sweetness image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    I suppose this is the best thing about groing your own, you pick it at the stage you want it, be it sweet or savouryimage

    Not keen on broad beans, you lot can ave emimage
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,896

    Further to my post above - I would agree about the rather odd fashion for 'baby' vegetables - carrots hardly bigger than 'thinnings' I would have discarded have no flavour at all - however they do look pretty on the plate - an example of form over substance image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    I like raised beds for keeping things out of the dogs peeing range! And its much more comfortable to tend them, for me anyhow image

    I was dubious about micro greens but really like them now, im not keen on things like beetroot so use any odds and ends of seed for micro greens image

    I prefer young beans to chewy ones, carrots -probably somewhere inbetween like you verd, i dont bother with the thinnings but only because they are a faff! image
  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    I would ask who are the experts people who tell us their own likes and dislikes or forbid us to eat as we wish, we are our own experts, we know what we like, what is good for our particular needs and may it always be so.

    I eat thinning's raw in salads, washed salt pepper a drop of Olive oil. I love beans young green and tasty, depends on the type you grow, peas bring them on raw or just cooked not stewed as often happens, mange tout? do not see the point, no peas just pod. Love beetroot steamed and eaten warm. Cabbage is a favourite, properly cooked, still chewy with pepper and butter a meal in its self.

    Raised beds some need them and why not make gardening easy for people who through age or various problems cannot get down to it just keep growing your own however you do it.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,896

    We have a veg patch plus 3 raised beds - we dug out so many roots from our big ash trees to create the veg patch, we didn't want to damage the trees any more so when we needed more veg space raised beds were a solution.

    It's not a perfect solution however because the trees send fine roots up into the raised beds seeking the moisture and every winter I have to fork it over and pull out the roots.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Most of my vegetables seem to sneakily grow larger than I intended whilst I'm not looking but they taste great nonetheless. I'm currently catching up on over-sized Cobra french beans and yesterday had a delicious huge white beetroot (I've never grown a white variety before and it was quite hard to believe it would actually taste like beetroot, but it did).

  • The beetroot seeds are a "Quattro" mix, which is supposed to produce 4 different colours - red, white, yellow and red/white stripes. I've only had red ones and the white one so far so I think the others may have been more reluctant to germinate. It's difficult to tell them apart from the plant though.

    I've also avoided "funny" colour beans or the same reason, although I do grow yellow courgettes!

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