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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Purple Green Beans?

My dad and I have grown Royal Burgundy Green Beans for a long time, he, with always awesome results, me, not always good. I attribute the difference in our green bean success to the more moderate temperatures at his Orange County home compared to the inferno temperatures in the Inland Empire where we lived. Orange was always a good 15 to 20 degrees cooler on the (almost) coast.

Why purple beans? Well, they're fun to look at. The blossoms as well as the beans are a pretty purple, or as my dad used to say, "Purpipple."

The beans are easier to find on the plants, their royal burgundy pods contrasting with the green leaves. That makes for faster bean picking. When you cook them, the beans turn green, which is good for people who need to eat stuff that looks familiar.

Aren't the purple beans and flowers pretty?                    

1 comment:

  1. They are very pretty. I've never grown that type but have had pretty good luck with Rattlesnake Beans here. They are a pole bean with purple flowers and purple stripes on the beans. But heat definitely plays a part. When it is too hot, the plants still blossom but beans will not form. Same with tomatoes and that is the situation I am in now. Really hot but finally getting some rain. Anyway, I can still grow okra....June


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