Beans, Beans the Musical Fruit

We do love our green beans (which used to be called string beans but the strings have all but disappeared). And since the string section has been eliminated these beans are playing a different tune.

Can you tell me how the caged bean sings?

All of the above is just foolishness so let’s get down to business. This year Charlie grew 4 different varieties of bean in his garden: 1 pole variety and 3 bush types. The pole (runner) bean has not yet begun to produce.

These Blue Lake runner beans are a disappointment this year.

The bush beans which were planted in succession are yielding a nice harvest.

Two squares of bush beans: each square’s rows were planted a week apart (from right to left) so the beans will develop over a long period of time.

Yesterday Charlie picked and labeled the 3 different bush beans.  We took them over to our chef friend whom we’ve asked to taste and rate the beans. Perhaps next year we’ll only grow one type.

The beans are bagged and tagged.

The three beans from left to right above are: Tavera (square 9), French filet (square 15), and Tenderpick (square 16). (For our other plantings check out this post.)

Tavera beans are slender and tender, a type of haricots verts.

I’m a fan of French haricots verts which is a type of green bean often called a French filet. They mature to a slender pod approximately 6 inches long.

This French filet bean is also an haricots verts, my favorite.

The final bean is Tenderpick, slightly larger than the previous two.

Lots of bean flavor and sweetness in the Tenderpick.

While we’re waiting for the tasting results I’m going out and pick a few to eat raw.

Do you prefer a certain veg over others?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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