In this episode, Emma the Space Gardener talks to Mission Specialist Susan Young. Susan’s new book, “Growing Beans: A Diet for Healthy People and Planet” aims to get us to look beyond green beans, as growing and eating shelled beans – fresh and dried – has numerous benefits for us and our home planet.
In this episode:
01:25 Emma the Space Gardener talks about an anthropology event at Kew Gardens, where she met legendary archaeobotanist Gordon Hillman and saw Dr Simon Platten’s impressive collection of French beans seeds, a day which set her on the path to becoming an ethnobotanist.
03:24 Susan Young talks about how travelling the world led to her developing a passion for French beans, Phaseolus vulgaris.
05:49 Susan discusses the incredible diversity of French beans found in continental Europe.
08:52 Susan explains the many benefits of growing and eating more beans.
18:58 Susan explains how gardeners used to growing green beans can take the plunge and grow beans for shelling and drying.
17:47 Susan talks about her favourite ways to eat her shell bean harvests.
19:30 Susan chooses the French bean variety she would take into space.
Susan’s book is called “Growing Beans: A Diet for Healthy People and Planet”, and it’s published by Permanent Publications. It’s currently retailing at the bargain £8.05 at Hive.co.uk (that’s an affiliate link).
Dr Simon Platten’s research into informal seed networks:
Ellen, Roy, and Simon Platten. “The social life of seeds: the role of networks of relationships in the dispersal and cultural selection of plant germplasm.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 17.3 (2011): 563-584.
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