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Broad bean plants started under glass or over-wintered in a protected location are ready for harvest in mid-spring. For normal crops the season starts at the end of spring and lasts through the summer. As the season progresses the beans grow larger and tougher and become encased in a thick outer skin, which is usually removed before cooking.
Out of season, broad beans are usually available jarred, canned or frozen.