Shelling beans come in many different colors and sizes, but they all have some sort of bumpy seed pod that must be removed.
The work can be tedious but therapeutic, especially if done on the porch on a warm summer’s day. It’s also a great activity to do with your kids.
Besides, the taste makes it well worth the effort. Fresh shelling beans have a rich flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth texture that’s very different from the typical starchiness of dried beans.
Common varieties include: fava beans, garbanzo beans, Lima beans, cranberry beans, Italian butter beans, Cannellini beans and English shelling beans.