There's a mystique around them that anyone who's grown up with a veg gardener will appreciate.
At a certain stage in a broad bean plant's life, you must pinch out the tips and miraculously prevent the dreaded black fly (who find the broad bean tip a superior place to colonise and then destroy your beautiful plants).
There's a lot of teeth sucking that surrounds this event - and the jury is definitely out as to whether pinching out the tips does actually stop the black fly. However, the Husband had been muttering about it, so last week, I armed myself with a colander and set forth to pinch out the tips
The result? Some delicious greens. Just the sort of thing to go in a stir fry.
As for the black fly? Well watch this space