The ones in the first batch I picked about 10 days ago were very delicious, but too small. This second batch, having had those extra days to mature, was better. I picked 675g of pods, which was more than the two of us needed for a meal, so half of them went into the fridge for another day. The other half, when shelled, produced 140g of beans.
These beans were served boiled, garnished with a little chopped Savory, as an accompaniment to a chicken casserole made with carrots, leeks and mushrooms. We like our veg, so I also served new potatoes and another of those "Duncan" Sweetheart cabbages. [No problems round here with getting our 5 portions of veg a day...] We never remove the skins of the beans. I actually like them, and taking them off is not only a fiddle, it wastes a lot of the beneficial fibre content. However, if the beans are allowed to get REALLY mature their skins can become pretty tough, so I harvest them young.
I have also continued to harvest my new potatoes.
Some people consider potatoes to be ready when the flowers appear, but I always leave mine for a couple of weeks longer, until the foliage begins to wither and go yellow. This definitely increases the overall yield in terms of weight - though of course the individual potato tubers will be bigger, and this may not be what you want.
This is how I harvest mine: I spread out an old Army groundsheet, cut the foliage off the plant and just up-end the pot onto the groundsheet. I can then easily pick out the tubers, and the compost is retained on the groundsheet and ends up back in one of my compost-bins.
The potatoes in that seed-tray were the product of 3 of my 25 pots, and they jointly weighed 1.8 kg. Not a bad return in my opinion, when you consider that each pot originally only contained one seed-tuber. And of course the quality is better than anything you can buy in a shop!
The beetroot are developing quite slowly this year. I haven't harvested any of the golden ones ("Burpees Golden") yet, and until today only three of the red ones. Today I harvested another three, which I considered to be at just the perfect size - I would say mid-way between golf-ball and tennis-ball size. These ones are of the old reliable "Boltardy" variety.
They are in a pan boiling as I write. Can you imagine the smell? If you enjoy beetroot you will probably know what I mean!
I harvested the first of my cucumbers too. Hardly a prize specimen (only about 15cm long), but you know how it is with the first of everything - it just seems that much more special. The cucumber plants have not done very well so far. I am hoping that cutting the first fruits may administer a bit of a wake-up call and initiate a growth spurt.
Finally, a shot of what I have harvested in the last 24 hours - peas, broad beans, broccoli, beetroot and cucumber. That's our 5-a-Day sorted then.