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Green beans still edible?

It's our first season on our allotment. We planted beans and over the three weeks we were away, they grew with a vengeance. I suspect they've gone past the ideal stage.  Some have become mottled reddish and the beans inside are blue. Can they still be eaten or should I leave them on the plant now to dry out?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,989

    Try some and see.image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • PlashingPlashing Posts: 324

    Are they the runner bean the dwarf beans,if they are the runner bean you can use the beans as pulses in soups or in stews or you could save some dry out for next years seed i have done both hope that will help. Regards Peter.

  • They're a climbing French bean - Fasold. 

    I expect we'll end up experimenting a bit.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Yep, try a few and if too tough when cooked normally you can leave them to ripen and dry on the plants then save some as seed and store the rest for use as pulses.  As long as you soak them for 24h and drain before cooking they can be added to stews, chilli con carne etc.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,766

    Whatever they are - pick them - leaving them on the plants will encourage the plants to think their job is done ... pick them and they'll produce more for you image

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  • PlashingPlashing Posts: 324

    If you go on the web and and put in www.frenchbeansfasold you will be able to find out,youcan dry them and use them as haricot beans. Regards Peter

  • Smashing,  thanks for all the advice. 

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