Exhibition tips for Broad Beans
To get really goodfor showing, they should be grown on a rich, heavy . Beans grown on a sandy soil are rarely as good. It is very difficult to give broad beans too much manure or garden , so add as much as you have to spare during the autumn digging.
The best varieties to exhibit are the longer, Longpod varieties, but much depends on the time of the show. If it is in the late summer you may well do better with a good Windsor variety. Some shows have separate classes for Windsors and Longpods.
You must sacrifice some of the total crop if you wish to grow broad beans for show, since the best beans are produced when only one pod is grown on each cluster. Remove all the pods competing with the one destined for show as soon as the pods have formed. It also helps to grow as many plants as possible, so as to increase your choice when making the final selection.
Select fresh, green, young and well-filled pods without blemishes. They should be large but of a uniform size. The beans inside should be young and tender. Old beans show a black mark on the side, which indicates the point at which the bean germinates; this is considered a blemish.
Broad beans wilt very easily and keeping the beans fresh for show is a problem. Leave picking as late as possible and then store the pods in a damp cloth to reduce transpiration. Sometimes an ugly heel is left on the pod after picking and this should be removed with a sharp knife.
The normal number of pods exhibited is 18. Simply place them neatly together across a plate or on the bench.