A shell bean
can be any variety, even one grown for ornament, such as 'Scarlet Runner' with its gorgeous red flowers.
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If you wait too long and you can feel the seeds in the pod, wait a few days more until the shell bean
stage, when the shells will toughen but the seeds will swell to full-sized yet are still soft enough that you can dent them easily with your fingernail.
Some of the varieties were much older and traced their lineage to the 1880s and 1890s, including the old line Great Northern--a white running shell bean
that my great-grandfather released in the late 1800s.
We raise the Canterbury bean, one of the most commonly cited shell bean
varieties in 18th-century Virginia, and the Refugee bean, probably the same as the Valentine bean from 18th-century Philadelphia.
Italian borlotti beans are similar, grown as shell beans
and, when ripe, for winter soups and stews.
Scrambled eggs from my 10 hens with sauteed garlic, kale, Swiss chard, sweet shell beans
and carrots, plus some really ripe tomatoes and a little aged sheep cheese.
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes Yield: 4 to 6 main-course servings Ingredients For the pesto: 2 ounces fresh basil leaves, a large fistful 1 ounce Italian parsley leaves and tender stems, a small handful 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped S alt and pepper 1/2 cup olive oil For the minestrone: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, diced, about 2 cups 1/2 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced carrot S alt and pepper Pinch red pepper flakes Pinch saffron 8 garlic cloves, minced 1 bay leaf S mall bundle fresh thyme sprigs 1 cup chopped tomato 1 cup cooked cannellini beans or fresh shell beans
24 littleneck clams, well rinsed 7 cups hot fish stock or chicken broth 1 pound squid, cut crosswise in 1/2-inch rings, plus tentacles 1 cup small green peas 1 cup blanched and peeled fava beans, optional Method 1.
Green beans and other shell beans
, or "common beans," are traced to a common ancestor in Peru.
5 pounds young lava beans still in the pods (approximately 10 caps, shelled) 1/4 pound vegan bacon 1 Tablespoon nonhydrogenated vegan margarine 1/2 teaspoon flesh savory or pinch finely crumbled dried savory Water to cover the cooking beans 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegan creamer, such as Silk soy coffee creamer 1/4 cap vegan sour cream 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley Shell beans
and remove skins.
We grow snap beans to eat the pods fresh (or frozen); green shelling beans, such as limas, to eat the young, green seeds inside the pods fresh (or frozen); and dry shell beans
for the mature seeds, which dry in the pods on the vine before being shelled.