Last week Charlie picked and labeled 3 different bush beans that we grow here at The Glade. We took them over to our chef friend whom we asked to taste and rate the beans. We love our green beans and we want an expert opinion on their worthiness to be THE bean of The Glade.
The bush beans which were planted in succession are yielding a consistent harvest.
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.)
The chef wouldn’t comment on the Tavera bean which we took to mean he didn’t enjoy it (at all). Update from the chef (please see the first comment below): “Jo, the Tavera Bean, didn’t stand out to me, but I wouldn’t say I didn’t like it.”
Tavera is an organic bean packaged by Botanical Interests. The package says; “A true gourmet French ‘filet’ bean produced for the French restaurant trade. Slender, exquisitely tender and stringless.”
Of the two remaining beans he liked the look of Tenderpick. It’s a traditional green bean in shape and size.
Tenderpick is a Burpee Signature garden bean.
I’m a fan of French haricots verts which is a type of green bean often called a French filet. (Filet in French means string or fiber.) They mature to a slender pod approximately 6 inches long.
The winner of this comparison by a bona fide chef de cuisine is French filet packaged by Botanical Interests. The package says: “Slender, exquisitely tender, stringless beans have unbeatable gourmet flavor even when picked very young.” We concur. The official green bean of The Glade is the French filet. Perhaps next year we’ll only grow one variety.
In addition to cooking the beans above and comparing them against store-bought beans (which weren’t even in the same league as the homegrown ones) the chef made pickled whole beans in lovely glass jars. He mentioned that unless they were the best thing he’s ever tasted, getting the beans in the jar was in itself a difficult task and he wouldn’t attempt it again.
Have you tried a recipe that wasn’t worth the effort?