Dilly Beans--type and recipes please!

downeastwavesJuly 2, 2006


I'm hoping someone can clue me in on a GREAT dilly bean.

I grew a nice straight beans that worked great for dillys years ago, even got some prizes at the local fair for the canned beans. But recently I have been unable to grow nice straight beans. We now live on the coast of Maine instead of in the mountains of Western Maine.

Also, if you have a recipe for dilly beans that you'd like to share please do!!



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john90808(z10 So Cal)

Found a prior post over on the Harvest Forum that shows some recipes....

Here is a link that might be useful: Dilly Beans Link

    Bookmark   July 2, 2006 at 12:31PM
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gardenlad(6b KY)

Virtually any bean works; not only common beans but also immature (i.e., green) cowpeas and even yard long beans.

Naturally, the straighter the bean the better because they fit in the jars better.

We prefer Striped Bunch for dilly beans. Seems to be the perfect balance of size, texture, and taste for being pickled. Not all of them are perfectly straight, but that's a trade-off we can live with.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2006 at 6:00PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

My best recommendation would be the pole variety "Emerite". They are straight & very round, moderate length (up to 7"), and have a very firm texture that lends itself well to pickling. They also have good cool-soil germination, which should be an asset for coastal Maine. Pinetree & Vermont Bean both carry it.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2006 at 12:39AM
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Thanks for the advice everyone!

I think I will add them to my seed wants when I get some time to update it.

Maybe I can get them in a trade.


    Bookmark   July 4, 2006 at 8:52AM
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david52 Zone 6

The best ones we ever made were from a French Fillet bean, a very, very slender bean, half the dia of a pencil, and done up with white wine vinegar, garlic, and lots of dill. The drawback was packing the things into the jars, it seemed to take about 15 minutes to pack a jar, and about 3 minutes for my kids to eat it, and to get the kids to help pack them was like pulling teeth.

Now, we use an immature, flat Italian type bean that is still very tender when its about a foot long, so I can snip one in half. So, like Gardenlad sez, any bean will work. Only recipe thing I can think of is adding tarragon to the jar, and two dill seed heads is just about right for a qt.

It now takes about 3 minutes to pack a jar, and 2.5 min to eat it.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2006 at 9:24AM
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gardenlad(6b KY)

David, do I understand right? You're using both tarragon and dill in the same jar?

Tarragon, by itself, is a nice variation on the theme. But I would think that it would conflict with the dill?

    Bookmark   July 5, 2006 at 2:08PM
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Hi all;
I just made my first batch ever of dilly beans! Me and Hubby cant wait to try them, but Im thinking they need to sit awhile to develop the flavors-anyone have any idea how long that might be?


    Bookmark   September 27, 2008 at 9:50PM
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