Q: I am growing a small garden with several varieties of beans. I would like to have some of them dried. How do I go about doing that?
A: Normally beans are left in the pod and on the vine to dry. Navy, kidney, Northern, and black beans are common varieties used as dry beans. There have been few successes here in Florida because the beans prefer to dry in the pod for 120 days in temperatures ranging from 65 – 75 degrees with low humidity. That is not a condition normally describing Florida for any length of time. You could try to remove the mature pods and hang them in a cool, dry area. If you decide to try this tactic please keep me posted on your progress; it would be fun to hear you had succeeded. Beans are a very important source of minerals and fiber.