Most beans can be dried to make a great addition to soups, salads and casseroles but borlotti, cannellini, lima, red kidney and soy beans are the commonly used varieties. Sometimes, pulses are canned, such as in the case of baked beans, which are usually harricot beans.
Growing Beans for Drying
Sow seeds directly where they are to grow.
- In sub arctic areas you may be able to plant seeds early summer
- Summer in areas with cold winters
- Late spring - late summer in areas with cool winters
- Late spring - early autumn in temperate areas
- All year round in warm arid, subtropical and tropical areas
Harvesting Beans for Drying
These types of beans can typically be harvested after 9 weeks.
Using Dried Beans
Dried beans are popular in soups, casseroles, salads, chilli, burritos and tacos.
Dried Bean Nutrition
Dried beans and canned beans are a good source of protein and fibre.They are also a useful source of B and C vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium.