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01/12/2009 at 08:51
We live in the mountains outside Nelspruit, a sub tropical area in South Africa near the Mozambique border and w've planted broad beans for the first time. We are approximately 50 miles (80 km) from the coast as the crow flies at and our farm lies at an altitude of 4000ft. Broad beans are not usually grown in this area but the plants seem to be growing and producing well in temperatures exceeding 90F (32C) and as yet we haven't experienced any pest or disease problems although the runner beans growing alongside them have got rust due to prolonged torential rain. Nov rainfall was 365mm). The pods are currently about 4 inches (100mm) long and we're looking forward to harvesting them shortly. Any tips on the best way to prepare them for the table will be appreciated.