Dried beans have been a casualty of our fast food culture. Such a shame, because dried beans are a comfort food - once you rehydrate them, of course. I wonder if folks think the plants take up too much space in the garden, to sacrifice for a crop you can't eat until the end of the season. I hope not, because a teepee of pole beans will yield several quarts of beans. And there are so many beautiful, delicious varieties that can be turned into soups, stews, purees, curries or whole meals.
These are 'Christmas' lima beans. They're the size of a quarter and taste nothing like green limas. They're creamy and sweet and soul satisfying. Some more of my favorites are 'Hutterite', that melt into a puree or soup, meaty 'Borlotti" and the classic Tuscan white bean, 'Cannollini'. Experiment with some dried beans this winter and I bet you'll plan to grow some in your next garden.