Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thursday Snapshot: An American Heirloom in Japan

Hutterite Soup beans drying.
I have long wanted to grow my own dry beans. Since I am lucky enough to have found a community garden space out here in Kanagawa, I decided this was the year. Hutterite Soup Beans were planted a wee bit late alongside the popcorn and left to their own devices. I managed to forget to thin them, and still they thrived.

Somewhere in the first week of August I picked the not quite dry pods and set them to dry on the zaru I use for umeboshi and popcorn. I'm visiting in the US and won't be in Japan to rescue them from typhoons, marauding tanuki, or anything else that may come along. We'll see what happens.

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