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Bean-tastic

October 1, 2012

We finished shelling our dry beans yesterday, and I wanted to share some pictures. Beans are just so pretty! Mr. B is already planning a thresher for next year (he didn’t enjoy sitting in the sun shelling beans and listening to This American Life). We had a wide variety of returns this year, ranging from almost no beans to a pretty good bounty. Overall, the bush beans produced better than the pole beans. I’ve read that this is generally the case, but I still can never believe it. Beans are one of those crops I’m always torn about growing. On the one hand, beans are soooo cheap; even really nice beans (like these) aren’t so very expensive. On the other hand they are pretty, and I like supporting growers/suppliers who are keeping heirloom varieties around. I think that to actually get a useful amount of any one variety I’m going to have to narrow it down to 2 – 3 varieties next year and maybe give them more room in the garden.

Good Mother Stallard

Jacob’s cattle pinto bean.

Hidatsa shield figure

Mix of Taylor strain and Lina Cisco’s bird egg (oops)

Arikara yellow and Hutterite soup (oops again)

NOT PICTURED: Christmas lima. Lots of pods but probably not going to finish before frost.

In the future, I’ll be marking my bean varieties better. We accidentally shelled Lina Cisco’s bird egg and Taylor strain together, although they are both a cranberry type bean so it doesn’t much matter. I’m not sure what to do about the Arikara Yellow and Hutterite soup – technically, they are both a white bean, but their descriptions sound relatively different. SSE describes Arikara as “an excellent baking bean,” while Hutterite makes “an excellent white soup” (all things are excellent with SSE). Looking at them more closely, it is easy to see the difference. Hutterite is rounder and whiter/greener with a black ring, and Arikara is longer and browner with a brown ring around its eye. I’m going to make a mini-batch this afternoon and see how different in taste and texture they are, as well as looking for any issues from cooking them together.

 

 

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. sue permalink
    October 1, 2012 5:17 pm

    beautiful, and i’m impressed!

  2. October 8, 2012 4:59 pm

    I don’t mind growing pole beans or even shelling them. But I almost never grow them because setting up a trellis is more work and cost then they are usually worth…
    But I love growing bush beans, which for me don’t usually produce as well

  3. alex and al permalink
    October 23, 2012 6:51 pm

    bush beans give way more pods and are easier to pick.

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