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Broad Beans

Broad beans have a pea-like flavour and sweetness to them, making them a great choice for introducing a new veg for kids who enjoy peas. Buying them fresh when in season allows kids to do the “podding” which many really enjoy, or buying frozen means minimal prep and an affordable veg you can easily throw into stews, stir fries, sauces, pasta bakes, or mix with peas and butter or oil for a simple side!
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Broad beans are easy and quick to cook, and work just as well in pasta, risotto and soups as they do in salads or as a side dish in their own right. To make the most of their flavour, try pairing them with lemon or cheese or mint, all of which are delicious with them.

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Nutrition

They’re rich in Vitamin A and some B’s like thiamine and riboflavin (B1 and B2) both of which help the body to release energy from food.

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Shopping Guide

Try to get your broad beans as fresh as possible, the pods should be firm and crisp minding soft spots caused by pockets of air.

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Storage

To store in their pods, keep in a perforated bag (or a bag that’s slightly open to allow airflow) for up to 5 days. Broad beans freeze well, too – just prep as below, then blanch in boiling water for 2-3 mins and spread out on a tray to freeze for a couple of hours, then keep in a freezer bag or container for up to 6 months.

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Serving Suggestions

They are easy and quick to cook, and work just as well in pasta, risotto and soups as they do in salads or as a side dish in their own right.

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Seasonality

Buying veg in season is not only great for the planet, it can be good for your wallet, too! Seasonal veg are often cheaper and frequently taste better, so can be a better time to try with a child as the often sweeter, riper taste is more enjoyable.

Coming In:

May

At Its Best:

June - September

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Engage

Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with broad beans:

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Your Food

Find your go-to meals in our family favourites section and see what veggies work best with them.

We’ve gathered together 15 of the nation’s favourite meals and given you step-by-step ways to make small improvements, helping you to make healthier dinners the easy way, and even showing you which veg work best with which recipes.
 
Find out how to add more veg to your suppers here.
 

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If You Like broad beans…Try

Does your child enjoy broad beans? That’s great! Broad beans are usually creamy and fairly sweet, so why not try a similar texture and/or taste…

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Serving

The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it!

The first thing to do is remove the pressure. If the veg doesn’t get eaten, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other days, other dinners, other chances. Fun is key here – try not to worry about mess, perfect table manners, or playing with food. Instead, focus on making the process of getting the food to the plates, readying the table, and the actual eating relaxed.

The best principles for success here are the Three Rs (role modelling, rewarding, re-offering) which you can read about here.

But there is one more way you can serve for success, and that is giving your child a role. You don’t have to do this every time, just encourage them in their strengths through it when you can.

Here are some of our favourite ideas:

Design a menu

Come up with a silly name or story for a dish

Help with making a meal plan and choosing veg for dinners or snacks

Help to serve up the meal on dishes, lay the table or create a centrepiece to be involved in the physical ‘serving up’ process




The Wonderful World of Veg

Check out our vegepedia. When to buy in-season. How to store them to keep for longer. How to engage children with each veg, and simple ideas of how to prepare and cook them for maximum taste and minimum waste. Select a veg…

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