what to do about beans seeds picked too soon.
I shelled up some seeds of Texas longhorn southern peas a day or two ago. They aren't completely dry, now what? They are dark maroon, and mostly dry, but not completey rock hard.
Should I consider them compost material, or let them air dry? Is it better to let them dry inside or outside. It is very hot and dry here, like still reaching 90's every day.
I think they may be OK, but does picking dry beans too soon affect sprouting, and storage life?
I found these beans (as fresh) taste better when the pods get red, but sometimes they get dry before they get completely red, so I end up with seeds instead. What is the best stage to pick them (for fresh use)? I have the same problem with rice beans, and california black eyes. That is, ending up with seeds, waiting till the pods are yellow or red.
Also how to tell when dry enough to pick for seeds. I am the impatient sort.
I am so clueless. Thanks for any help you can give me.