Early fall is the time of year in the garden for the shell beans and dried beans. I have brought in many an autumn day sitting in my rocker shelling beans.
A soft cushioned rocker, a good movie in the DVD player or maybe some soft gospel music playing and a pan of beans to shell or several.
Louisiana Red Beans and these Horticulture Beans are our favorite beans to keep on hand canned. They both cook into a thick and rich gravy and with some ham or sausage and maybe some chopped onions thrown in and cooked low and slow they make a nourishing and hot meal on a cold winter day.
Those long term readers have seen me can these many times year after year. The variety is "Lina Cisco Bird Egg" and the seeds were originally acquired many years ago through Seed Savers Exchange. They grow well in our area and are easy to can just as any other shell bean.
When done both the bean and the shell take on mottled purple streaks. They can also be allowed to dry in the field. On our farm however we do not allow them to dry because if we have a wet fall they will mildew.
The seeds dry very well and we store in the freezer now.
Well that's another week here in Hickery Holler. I have dill relish that has soaked in salt overnight that I will be jarring this morning and some weeding to do as always. With temperatures topping out at around the hundred mark I will enjoy being inside canning. I'll take plenty of pictures of the relish and hope to see you all on Monday.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter