Should my shell beans have color?
Hello! I managed to get a garden space out of the shade this season so I've been enjoying a taste of paradise! One of the things I'm growing is beans to be harvested in the fresh shell stage. I've been reading through these threads on terminology and when to pick them, etc.
So, here's my situation: my Lina Cisco's Birdsegg are LOADED with fat pods that are getting purple spots on them. Some of the plants are turning a bit yellow. Perhaps that's from the copious amounts of rain we've been getting this year? When I've picked a few to test for readiness, the beans themselves look full-sized but are still snow white. They taste OK raw, if a little "green" flavored. Will they develop the colored markings eventually that the dried seed I planted had? The pods are still firm and not at all leathery yet. I'm apprehensive about waiting too long and having to let them continue to the dried stage if they get past their prime. Can that happen or are they good until they're really dry?
Thanks in advance for any help, advice or wisdom you'd like to share.