A topping treat from the garden

For most gardeners in our part of the world, though some crops in the veg garden have disappointed it’s been a good year for beans. 

Broad beans in particular have done well. The tip here is to nip out the tops, or growing points, before destructive black fly have chance to attack. 

Having done that, don’t throw them on to the compost - many people aren’t aware of this but you can eat broad bean tops as a vegetable.

Avoid boiling them, though - that can make them unpleasantly sloppy. Steam them very quickly for a few minutes only and serve with butter and a sprinkling of black pepper - or, better still, with a thick cheese sauce, for a rare, epicurean treat... 

David Leake