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Beans, beetles, and community gardens

Even though this is the Year of the Bean, not all our bean experiences can be positive. In fact, I can tell you in all honesty that I am done with growing pole beans in my community garden plot. I’ve…

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Bean and pea update: favas and much more

We are still celebrating the Year of Beans and Peas at the Derwood Demo Garden. Peas were slow to get going due to early cold temperatures, but luckily once it got hot it didn’t stay hot, and we began harvesting…

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Jade: A mouth-watering green bean

  Jade green beans I long have had a love-hate relationship with green beans. I love green beans.  I love to pick one in our garden and munch away.  I love the flavor of a green beans cooked just right—seven…

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635 pages of treasure: the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook

I joined Seed Savers Exchange because I support their mission to conserve and promote America’s diverse food crop heritage. I do get a little discount when I order from their catalog (you can also order if you’re not a member),…

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Reviews of two bean cookbooks

Guest post by Sharon Gordon. Fagioli: The Bean Cuisine of Italy by Judith Barrett, 2004. Barrett shares the regional diversity of bean dishes eaten during her 20 years of travel in Italy.  Whether your favorites are cannellini, borlotti, chickpeas, favas,…

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Favas and soybeans and snow peas, oh my!

This is your Round Up the Beans and Peas post – a quick overview of the food plants we’re emphasizing this year, and how they fit together taxonomically and geographically. You may think taxonomy is boring (it’s not!) but getting…

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Happy Year of the Bean and Pea, Black-Eyed Pea Edition

Happy New Year, everyone! Here at GIEI we are celebrating beans and peas in 2015, so get ready for lots of posts on our favorite legumes. In many cultures it’s traditional to eat black-eyed peas (with or without greens) on…

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