What are the pros? Fun, prolific, FAST.
What are the cons? Gets tough quickly
These were definitely fun, and grew rapidly. The bees loved all the flowers and I got more pods than I could deal with in a 4 foot row. They were delicious at first, but (and maybe it is our hot Arizona weather) within 2 weeks they were tougher than raw twine. I believe they would make a decent fiber for rope, sandals, paper....whatever. I often grind up my leftover vegetable matter in my Vitamix, a serious blender, but these left stringy fibers wrapped around the blades.
Next time I plant them, and I will, I'll stick them in a cooler, shadier part of the yard, perhaps in a large pot, and plant fewer of them. I can see these becoming a pest if you're not careful. I will pick them and pickle them earlier next year.
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