Using Tough Overgrown Green Beans

If you have left any green beans (such as runner beans or French beans) too long on the plant, they will be too tough to eat. However, they need not go to waste.

You can remove the beans from the pods and boil and eat them on their own. You can save a few to grow next year.

The tough pods can be boiled and the water use for soup stock. After boiling, strain the water and put the cooked pods on the compost heap

If the pods are dried up and turned brown, the beans will most probably be dried out too, but they are still edible. Use them like any dried beans, peas or lentils. Keep them in a jar to use throughout the winter by soaking them overnight and then boiling them.

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September 22, 20171 found this helpful

I usually let my overgrown ones go to seed, and I now have other ideas for them. Thank you for posting.

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September 25, 20171 found this helpful

I used the last of mine this year by julienning them and using in stir-fry. They were too tough to use the regular way but cutting them so thin made them just right.

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