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.


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.

James Henry Cook
Henry W.J. Cook was born in Edinburgh in 1870, the eldest son of Dr Edmund Alleyne Cook.

Henry followed in his father's footsteps, obtaining his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Durham in 1891. At the age of 27 he arrived in Melbourne in April 1894 aboard the Port Albert. He was registered as a medical practitioner in Victoria on 4 May 1894.

It appears that Dr Cook already believed in homœopathy, possibly because of his father's influence, as in 1895 Dr Cook took the position of Resident Surgeon of the Melbourne Homœopathic Hospital . (This position was previously held by Dr James Cook, unrelated, who resigned in March 1895). He was listed in the 1896 & 1897 editions of the Melbourne Post Office Directory as being Resident Medical Officer at the Melbourne Homœopathic Hospital, but not in the 1898 edition.

In 1901 he moved to Sale in Eastern Victoria, where he ran a practice in York Street. By 1909 his practice was at Wyndham Street, Shepparton.

By 1919 he had moved to 2 Studley Park Road, Kew, where he died on 7 May, 1923.