I love beans. You probably already know that I plant green beans in my vegetable garden every year. One year we even participated in the U of M seed trials for green beans–THAT was an exciting summer.
A few years ago I planted a pole bean called Yard Long Bean. So called, presumably, because the beans get three feet long. You may guess that that’s a slight overstatement. . . but really just slight. They really do get long–neglect your pole beans for a couple of days and you go out to the vegetable garden to see a bunch of these foot-long (or longer) beans hanging from the vines. They are really pretty amazing. And they were tasty, and fairly tender–in spite of their length they stayed pretty slim.
I didn’t plant them again after that first year only because pole beans need a structure to climb on, and it’s so much easier, in my mind, to just plant bush beans instead.
I was going through the Territorial Seed Company catalog the other night, and you’ll never guess what I found.
RED YARD-LONG BEANS. That’s right. Red Noodle Beans, they’re called.
If you think I could resist those, you haven’t been reading my blog very long. I practically gave myself a paper cut making sure I dog-eared THAT page, let me tell you.
Now, if they would just make a red/purple bean that stayed colored when it was cooked, I would be a happy camper. It’s always sort of a disappointment to me when I’m cooking them and they turn green.
I hope Trevor is in the mood to make a pole-bean trellis this summer. . . .