What to do with left-over runner beans

A fascinating post by Rob Hopkins recently, filed under the category of “the great reskilling”.

We’ve probably all faced the problem of what to do with excess runner beans at the end of the season — we didn’t pick them in time, and now they’ve gone all woody and stringy.

Well, apparently Rob has come up with an ingenious way to turn this problem into an opportunity.

We all know that after peak oil it will be difficult to import natural fibres, so this will be really useful. The process sounds a bit complicated to me, but he shows how the fibres can be teased out using a firm brush, and the result (from the pictures) looks like a very useable weaving material indeed!

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