Sunday, June 27, 2010

i like limas

My friend Joy sent me some seeds. Madagascar Beans, she called them.

I planted three seeds along a fence and looked forward to seeing what would grow. i did not double dig, i did not amend, i did not water.

I would have, if they needed me to, but they didn't. Bean number one is growng to the left and right of the wooden post. Bean number two is hunkered down at the bottom of the metal post to the right after running afoul of the lawn mower. It later made a fine recovery. Bean number three is off to the right, past the reach of the camera, looking a lot like bean number one.  

It was four months before there were beans to pick but now they just keep coming, one to three beans to a pod. The grass is brown now but the limas stay green*. Lima beans are perennial in Hawaii, did you know?

Take some limas, two handfuls is nice. Swish under cold water and tumble into a bowl. Cover and microwave two or four minutes. Peel the pods from the beans, don't burn your fingers! Squeeze the beans from the skins and swirl in sizzling, curry scented olive oil. Gild with salt. Feel sorry for people who don't grow madagascar beans ; )

*These beans do show a susceptibility to rust. They are blissfully ignored by the Chinese Rose Beetle but favored by some kind of pod borer which makes harvesting dry seed hit or miss.


A Kitchen Garden in Kihei Maui said...

Wow beautiful beans when dry and fresh. That's great to know there is a bean plant the rose beetles don't munch on - all of my bean leaves are full of holes!

Julie said...

Thanks Jane!
Still trying to decide how to prepare the dried beans, maybe some kind of hummus?
Down with CRBs!

Pomaika`i said...

Aloha, Julie,
I plan to raise these ono beans next year, but one stout trellis will be needed. I finally started my blog, A Tradewinds Garden, but I have a lot to learn about inserting pictures, da kine.
A hui hou

Julie said...

Great news Barry! i like the name you have selected but i can't find the link to your blog?