The Absurdity of Supermarket ‘Portions’ in Broad Beans

This image below succinctly describes the absurdity that is supermarket portioning of vegetables. The packet (out of shot) has a price tag of £3.00, reduced to £1.45, due to its proximity to the sell by date. The pods are apparently 500g of broadbeans. When shelled, the green beads barely covering the bottom of a milk pan, weigh 100g.

The absurdity of what 500g of broad beans can become.
The absurdity of 500g of broad beans

There are 62 beans in the pan, making the cost per bean at 5p. Or 3p per gram. These might be tricky to grow, but if you have a bit of garden space, some string and a few bamboo rods and a ton of slug pellets, they might be an economic choice for grow your own.



2 thoughts on “The Absurdity of Supermarket ‘Portions’ in Broad Beans

  1. Have never bought supermarket broad beans in the pod – they are absurdly expensive. Home grown are sweet and have a flavour that is beyond the reach of commercial fast frozen ones. What sort of slug pellets do you use? Curious whether organic products like these work or if you actually have to use the standard metaldehyde or methiocarb poisons to be effective.

  2. You are right. In my defense, the beans were bought because they were half price but also because I can’t resist the beautiful experience of relinquishing the beans from their perfectly cushioned pods and knowing that Nature made the pods as perfect armoured vehicles for their little charges.
    Slug pellets? What I have been FORCED to use in my garden recently were definitely NOT organic. Oh no. It was the first time I have ever used them and I was amazed, disgusted and horribly satisfied to find large tracts of slime across the soil only the very next day. Pests bring out the worst in us, I fear. I know a very respectable lady, from a very good farming family, who recently revealed to Charlie that she actually takes pleasure in both cutting the little sods in half with a pair of scissors and… standing on them! That is too close and personal for my modern sensibilities. I prefer the slug pellets. Which incidentally are the same colour as mouse poison barley pellets. Poison beats pests, hands down, but it probably doesn’t do anything positive for karma.

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