The Threatened Bombardment

Appears in

Honey from a Weed

By Patience Gray

Published 1986

Let wind and water go free

Then healthy thou wilt be

Old Wiltshire Saying

Beans are indigestible. The reasons for this indisputable fact are explained by Harold McGeeOn Food and Cooking.

The admirable late Victorian, Pellegrini Artusi, always so concerned for the delicate stomach, wrote in La Scienza in Cucina: ‘It seems to me that the taste of lentils is more delicate than that of beans in general and that, as for the threat of bombardment, they are less dangerous than ordinary beans and equal to the black-eyed bean.’