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Monday, August 31, 2009

Dragon green beans


This is my first harvest of a different variety of heirloom green bean. It's called "Dragon" or "Dragon's Tongue", something like that!

It's a cream-colored Romano-style green bean, with purple stripes. I think it's beautiful!

Once cooked, the purple disappears and it looks like a plain yellow wax bean.

Now if you thought green beans had to be green, I'm here to tell you they come in all colors. Red, purple, yellow, etc. The "green" in "green bean" actually doesn't refer to a color at all! Have I lost you? The "green" in green bean actually means immature. "Green" beans are simply all beans eaten at an early stage, while the bean inside is still small and immature, rather than when they become large and allowed to dry out like a soup bean.

Make sense? So, really, even beans typically dried (such as pinto, black, etc) could technically be eaten as "green beans" if harvested while young.

I know you just love these random facts I throw at you. :-)


1 comment:

  1. Wow, those are so cool looking! Do they produce well and taste good?