Later, as soon as the beans are fully grown they can be shelled and cooked like garden peas and will be found of a much more delicate flavour than the dried beans as imported. The crops of each variety are ready for harvesting as soon as the leaves turn yellow and drop off, leaving the pods only on each plant. They can then be allowed to dry on the stalks in the sun or otherwise as found most convenient.
The drier the pods are when beans are shelled the better. After shelling care should be taken to ensure the beans being quite dry prior to storing for seed or cooking. Those used for cooking should be soaked over night and served like haricot or butter beans.
THE FIRST BIRTHDAY.
About May 1st, 1935, two hundred farmers planted acclimatized seed for the first time as a commercial proposition in England, covering in all about 150 acres. A greater number of amateur gardeners also planted soya beans for the first time on or about the same date.
The soya bean plant from habit of many centuries tends to fan or finger shape in the rows, if the plant has started from the seed other than at the angle of the row it twists itself round to get into line. Another fact, learnt in correspondence with Miss Elizabeth Bowdidge, author of The Soya Bean: Its History, Cultivation and Uses, of interest to both gardeners and beekeepers, is that no cross pollination can take place by planting different varieties of soya beans side by side, the flowers being not only self-pollinating but the pollination takes place before the flowers open.