Sometimes overripe and leathery is still edible when cooked for a while in soup. Make sure to break them in several places and pull the strings off. If I KNOW the pods are too hard to eat, I shell them (not waiting to dry) and cook just the filled out beans with the rest of the beans. They are yummy. I thin if I do get a fully ripe pod I would dry it and use the seeds for 2nd planting or save them for next year.woodman wrote:What can be done with big over-ripe leathery beans? Do you dry and shell them?
Enjoy your beans Tammy! Check out the green beans in soy/peanut butter sauce recipe I posted in the Recipe thread (Non-Gardening forum, I think) This is the only way DH eats green beans.