Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Raising Pinto Beans - Through the Seasons

Last Spring Robbie planted pinto beans.

And pinto beans popped out of the ground. 
Isn't nature wonderful? You reap what you sow. Nature maintains order. 
We cultivated the rows of pinto beans
and watched the pinto beans grow throughout the summer.
The pinto bean leaves were fresh and green.
The pinto bean plants produced vines and blossoms
which became pinto beans in pods.
The pinto bean pods ripened.
We waited. Now that it is Fall, the pinto beans are dry enough to harvest.
The morning dawned foggy 
with a heavy dew covering everything.
Around noon, the skies cleared and a warm wind kicked up. Don has been 
cutting pinto beans with the Pickett all afternoon.
Farmer Fred started combining pinto beans as the sun was setting.
He will continue to harvest pinto beans for as long as the wind 
keeps the dampness of the night off the vines.
This is what ripe pinto beans look like. The dried beans in the grocery store are cleaned, but not processed. It's a good idea to pick through beans before cooking to be sure there isn't a stone that made it through the cleaning. You can also buy pinto beans canned and they are delicious in chili. Pinto beans are used to make traditional refried beans. 
Click Here to visit the USDA site containing the nutritional value of pinto beans and a couple of recipes. Canned pinto beans retain their nutritional value and are a quick way to add fiber and flavor to your home cooking. 

1 comment:

  1. Popped over here from your daughter's blog. I have only seen beans in cans or dried in bags at the store. It is great getting to see how it is all done. I have grown pole green beans in my small NYC garden, and those you pick right when ready, I had no idea you let these dry on the vine. Thank you for sharing your knowlege and thank you and your family for keeping our great country in nutritious food.