Without doubt this has been the best year we’ve ever had for broad beans. Sown last Autumn the warm Winter and abundance of rain have conspired to give us plants two meters high and more pods than we could have hoped for. I’m managing to pick most of the pods at the ideal ‘finger width’ size and as well as having them cooked as a side dish they’re also delicious raw as a snack, sweeter than you could possibly imagine when newly picked. Someone said on twitter this week that they think homegrown potatoes are the crop that is most different to that which you’d buy in a supermarket, well I’d say it’s broad beans. On the odd occasion that I’ve gone the ‘store bought’ route I’ve found them pretty much inedible. So if that’s your experience then please do try growing some of your own. You won’t be disappointed.