Posted: 06/08/2014 at 06:53
The thing that put me off broad beans when I was young was that they were big and floury - as soon as I had my own garden and could pick them before they reached that stage, I began to like them, and now they're one of my favourite vegetables. I either pick them when the beans are about the size of my thumb nail (I have large hands) - still tender, definitely not floury, and full of flavour and, as Nut says, I sometimes cook (stem) them still in the pod.
And as for objecting to vegetables tasting like 'pudding' - well, there's no accounting for some people's taste buds, but to me a tasty and delicious sweet pod of peas, picked and eaten before the natural sugars have turned to starch, tastes nothing like a Pavlova, cherry clafouti or Iles de flottante (some of my favourite puddings ). It's a different sort of sweetness