Another phase of the harvest has begun—- the nuts are falling, the beans are drying, and the potatoes are being dug.
The First ~ the first of the nuts dropping from the English Chestnut tree
These babies will be dried, the nuts removed from the shell, and then ground up and froze, ready to be used as flour in recipes.
This is from half of the dried-bean harvest. The one planted in with the blueberries aren’t dry yet (and now it is going to rain for a few days). I “should” have pulled the plants and let them continue to dry inside the cabin… but I didn’t.
Aren’t the white beans beautiful???!!!
Apparently, what is special about these beans, the potato beans, is that you don’t have to soak them. Actually, you SHOULDN’T soak them as this makes the outer shell tough.
I can’t wait to cook them up to see what they are like.
I will be saving about 30 beans for next year’s planting and, depending on how many more I get in this harvest, I might can some up or just leave them for cooking “like potatoes”.
Speaking of Potatoes
These two potatoes are from the neighbour. The purple potato (not sure the variety) have less starch in them than the “normal” potato and the skin holds more antioxidants than usual.
I’ve been looking forward to some baked potatoes on my new grill so I think these two will have that honour!
(sorry about the blurred picture)
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)