When broad beans are very fresh they are sweet with a smooth texture. However, their season is very short and left to grow for too long they can become floury. Although the young beans can be eaten whole, pod and all, if they are fine and thin, but larger and older beans should have the tough outer pods removed.eans are easy to grow so make a great gardening project for children and adults alike and if you can keep the slugs from eating them first, make a great seasonal vegetable that is versatile.
The recipe below is taken from BBC Food and you can find more recipes here.
Broad Bean and Goats Cheese Bruschetta by Sabrina Ghayhour
400g/14oz fresh broad beans, (about 300g/10½oz when podded)
1 whole red chilli
2 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 spring onion, thinly sliced
1 lemon, zest and juice only
1 tbsp dried oregano or 2 tbsp fresh chopped oregano
½ loaf sourdough bread, sliced
4 tbsp olive oil
200g/7oz soft goats’ cheese
Heat a large saucepan filled with boiling water. Blanch the beans very briefly (just to soften, not to cook them through). Drain and set aside to cool.
Roast the chilli over a direct flame on the hob until blackened a little, but not completely charred. Alternatively, char them under a hot grill. Slice open and remove the seeds. Cut the flesh into thin ribbons.
Mix the chilli, garlic, spring onion, lemon zest and juice together. Add the oregano and broad beans and lightly crush them as you mix. You don’t want a smooth purée, but it needs to hold together.
Heat a large griddle pan and drizzle the sliced sourdough with a little olive oil. Place on the griddle and cook on both sides for 1-2 minutes, or until the bar marks appear.
Remove from the heat and spread with the goats’ cheese. Top with the broad bean mixture and serve.