deebee
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Mysterious beans

Hi there
I have found these growing by my back fence and would love to know what they are and how best to use them.
Looking forward to your help.
Thanks

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It's a runner bean. Maybe Scarlet Emperor.


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Very attractive
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/Vegetable%20Garden%20plants/DSC02330.jpg[/img]
and productive
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and tasty bean
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Eric

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Thanks Eric. And scuse my ignorance, but I'm guessing you're only meant to eat the purpley beans inside (and not the green shells)?

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Oh no indeed! Runner beans are delicious when picked as the beans start to fill out but before the pods get tough and stringy. My DDs were very specific about not picking them too early. They sorted the cooked beans, showed them to me, and said: These don't taste as good. Pick them when they are THIS big. :lol:

So far, I haven't been able to grow enough to eat them as shelled fresh or dry beans. Only enough mature beans for next year's seed. Maybe Eric can tell us more.

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Apple pretty much summed it up. Eat them as green beans when young and tender. Under 6" is best.

Eric



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