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cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2008
4:42 PM

Post #5538773

Hi, we had several days of rain and I wasn't able to pick green beans. Some went from tiny babies to great big with the beans inside. It is my first year of green beans so I don't know if they are still edible, I normally pick them when they are still skinny. They are blue lake climbers. Advice welcome and thank you!
LTilton
Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2008
1:07 AM

Post #5540625

When mine get a day or so too big, I cut them up on the diagonal.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2008
1:20 AM

Post #5540677

You could leave some to dry on the vine, providing seeds for next year.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2008
3:13 AM

Post #5541077

Thanks LTilton and darius, I'll have to leave a few, and I'll cut them up, maybe for soup.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

September 12, 2008
3:30 PM

Post #5542774

That's what I do with ones that are a little large and getting a bit tough... cut them up and use them for soup. They work fine in the recipe I put in my "snap green beans" article. Just simmer the beans until they start to get tender, then drop in the dumplings. :-)
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2008
3:34 PM

Post #5542792

Thanks critter!
LTilton
Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2008
3:35 PM

Post #5542799

You certainly can't take your eye off the beans for even a day!
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

September 12, 2008
3:35 PM

Post #5542800

One more thing... if you snap them and they look sort of white and fibrous inside, they may have gotten to the point where you can simmer all you want, they're not going to get tender...

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2008
4:35 PM

Post #5542975

It's exactly because I turned my back on mine (Ky Wonder pole beans) that I will end up with maybe 2 quarts of shelled, dried bean seeds to trade next year! I wonder how they might cook up once dried... anyone know?
LTilton
Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2008
5:56 PM

Post #5543239

Same is true of peas. Sweet one day, bitter the next.
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 13, 2008
3:42 PM

Post #5546746

My mom makes "shelly beans" when hers has gone too long on the vine. She pops the pods just like a pea pod and removes the inner bean. It's a bit of work for a small pan of beans on the dinner table, but her and dad both think they're delish.

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