What's the best tasting reliably stringless green bean?

Albany, ME(Zone 4b)

In your opinion, of course. :-)


Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

Jade II. Been using them for a couple years now.
People love them, especially when they are picked small.
Good flavor & tender.

Vista, CA

Hello, C G,
I have been missing your wisdom and good advice, but this website is such a mess now, i am reluctant to even sign on anymore.

I check once in a while to see if they have fixed it but when they fix one problem, another one comes up.

And there is nothing wrong with my computer of programs. They work perfectly everywhere else.

Such a shame, because this used to be a wonderful place.


Albany, ME(Zone 4b)

Erniecopp, check this thread every week or so to see if you should try again more widely. It's a status report on what's in the next fixit release.


Saylorsburg, PA(Zone 6a)

Emerite Pole beans - it's a pole filet bean and just keeps cranking out until frost. Fortex is another similar pole bean often favored over this one but I prefer this one.

Circle, MT(Zone 3b)

Thanks for the tip, C G, I've been waffling about which new variety to try this fall.

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

Cosse Violetto burdungy pole french filet beans.
French Gold yellow pole filet beans.

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Saylorsburg, PA(Zone 6a)

I'm not familiar with the Cosse Violetto burgundy but they look interesting. I am growing Coco Blue for the first time but unlike my Emerite, Fortex, French Gold and Ramdor beans they are not yet setting. Maybe they are a late developing variety.

But I will also agree that the French Gold are excellent yellow filet beans along with Ramdor.

The advantage to the pole filet bean varieties over the bush ones seems to be that they don't quit until frost as long as you pick them. Easier on the back as well!! They also continue to be nice and crunchy even if you miss one and it gets really long.

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

I wanted pole varieties and found them hard to find. Most places sell the bush varieties of french fillet beans. And I was looking for color as I wanted to try someting new. These work out perfectly for me.

Saylorsburg, PA(Zone 6a)

Sounds like a good decision. Here are links to some sites I use but I am interested only in filet types as opposed to the flatter Romano ones. Fedco has the best prices and the Blue Coco.


Albany, ME(Zone 4b)

It looks like everyone is choosing pole beans. Is there a consensus that pole beans, in general, taste better than bush beans? I've always bought bush, so I have no comparison.

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

No consensus. Some pole beans do have great flavor that is matched by few bush beans. But it depends on your taste buds. My wife and many others will not eat a pole bean. I have grown a few different varieties in my time and judged on my taste buds and ease of production Contender for bush, Little Greasy or Kentucky Wonder for pole.The old Mountain Half Runner has the best of both worlds.
Bean varieties I have grown since 2005. http://s294.photobucket.com/user/farmerdill/library/Beans?sort=4&page=1

Albany, ME(Zone 4b)

Farmerdill, do you find Contender reliably stringless?

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

Yes. There have been bush beans with strings in the past, but I have never found a variety introduced after 1920 that was not stringless. There are a few stringless pole beans but most develop strings at some point.

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

If you go for the french fillet types of beans then you can go for either bush or pole varieties. Although it is easier to find seed of bush varieties.

On pole beans, anyone a fan of yard long types like I am? I just love my yard longs.

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