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Growing Beans: A Diet for Healthy People & Planet

by Susan Young  


Beans are easy to grow, easy to cook, delicious, nourishing, and beneficial for us and the planet.

Growing your own beans builds healthy soil in your garden and provides you with a nutrient rich diet. Beans can play a role in reducing the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer; they are good sources of protein, fibre, folate, iron and potassium, and they can reduce our carbon footprint and food miles!

Susan Young brings together 10 years of experimenting with multiple varieties of beans (Phaseolus) and takes us on a culinary journey around the world, revealing a range of colourful and historic beans, from the pink Fagiolo di Lamon of Italy to the black and white Bosnian Pole bean. She explains which varieties are best for eating fresh off the plant (green) and which for drying for later use, providing harvests for storing all through winter. Beans offer year-round meals, and dried beans can be the star of the show with their diversity of flavours and textures.

Susan shares six must-grow beans, as well as a multitude of European varieties along with their backgrounds. She includes a basic guide to drying your beans and guidelines for cooking them.

Learn how to sow, grow and harvest your beans, how to build supports for climbing and bush varieties, and keep your plants and soil healthy. 

Growing Beans



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