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This Week’s Harvest, 9/21: Cool Beans

September 21, 2011

apples, zucchini, lettuce, cranberry beans, melon, tomatoes, eggs

Well, these are exciting.  Just look at those gorgeous, mottled hot pink beans!  They’re cranberry beans, or borlotti beans, and I’m really looking forward to cooking them.  Fresh shell beans are truly one of the delights of fall, and these are supposed to be pretty darn delicious – they reportedly have a vaguely chestnutty taste.  As soon as I’m done here, I’m going to pop them out of their pods, give them a quick simmer, and toss them with some pasta, zucchini, and tomatoes.

cranberry/borlotti beans

Also exciting is the melon – remember, the one we were promised last week?  It smells fantastic, and I think it will make a fabulous salad with thin slices of Spanish ham on a bed of lettuce.  I could add a poached egg and it would be a complete meal.

I am less thrilled about the apples, though that is more of me not being ready for winter’s apple onslaught than any kind of quality problem with the apples themselves.  They’re quite good, actually, crisp and sweet-tart, and just the right size for snacking.

Originally published on Seasonal Market Menus.

  1. September 22, 2011 12:56 am

    I like little apples for snacking. Big apples make me upset, because they always make me full but not full at the same time… which is why someone should learn how to grow an apple that’s half-filled with peanut butter.

  2. September 22, 2011 5:06 am

    Those beans are Gorgeous! I must admit to having admired borlotti beans many times in the past- but shhhh! never cooked them.

  3. September 23, 2011 6:39 pm

    Hannah – That is a brilliant idea! Why don’t you get right on that? I think you’re just the woman for the job!

    Louise – Your secret is safe with me. 😉

  4. September 24, 2011 4:38 am

    You’re right. My science brain would be perfect for that…

  5. September 25, 2011 2:31 am

    I was just wondering out loud if anyone says “cool beans” or if it is just something that we used to say. Your beans ARE cool.

  6. September 25, 2011 11:58 am

    Hannah – I see no reason why not. 🙂

    Tammy – I think my friends and I used it a little in high school. Haven’t heard it recently, though, now that you mention it.

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