Berta Talaska Pole Beans

aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. CanadaAugust 14, 2014

Grew these for the first time this year, had our first taste tonight. This Portuguese heirloom was brought to Canada over 50 years ago by Berta Talaska. It's an all purpose bean used as a snap, shelly or dried. I steamed a few for dinner tonight and found them to be a very tender even those not quite at the full bean stage, these are also stringless.

Dick I think you have grown these, have you tried them as a full bean?
Annette

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
drloyd

Annette, I have not heard of this one before. I wonder if the hulls will remain tender as they turn yellow. - Dick

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 12:56AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Dick, sorry I thought it was you who had grown them, someone on the forum has. I'm leaving the rest for seed but will try a couple when the pods look like they're turning color. Here's a picture of the seed.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 1:17AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
drloyd

Imagine a full bean with seed like that!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:52AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

That's one pretty bean.

The seeds look a lot like "Bert Goodwin", which I grow... but as I recall (haven't grown it in a few years) the pods were more rounded, and it had only short runners.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Zeedman, I bought this seed in either 2010 or 11 from Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds. I didn't plant many, just enough for a couple of meals and fresh seed. I still have most of the original packet of seed, would you like a few they should still be viable next year as germination was 100% this year. They grow at least 8' maybe more, they're over the top of the pergola they're growing on.

Annette

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 1:04AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
drloyd

It does look like Bert Goodwin. There are rave reviews of this bean as a snap and shelly in GW posts and elsewhere but nothing about it as a full bean yet. - Dick

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:44AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Dick I could send you a few too, best to use this older seed up while it's still viable, if interested email me.

Annette

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 11:55AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
drloyd

I am sitting by the computer waiting for your yellow pod full bean report!

Frank Barnett is doing a grow out of Lazy Wife Red Fall Bean that is a fall bean with bright red-maroon seeds. That's another one I hope to grow next year. Dick

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 10:34AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Well IMO you can scratch these as full beans, the pods were mushy with fiber, I think the bean itself would make a good shelly. Haven't tried any yellow beans as full beans yet but the Barksdale snaps we had for dinner tonight were melt in your mouth delicious.

Annette

    Bookmark   September 4, 2014 at 9:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
drloyd

Annette, thank you for the report. I also took Flamingo off the possible full bean list tonight for the same reason.

Anellino Giallo is a yellow fishhook shaped bean that is a fine full bean until the pods are almost dry. No strings.

Clay Bank Fall is a wax bean that develops red splotches as the tan seeds mature. We had a mess of those tonight and they were very good. They could be used as a good full bean at an earlier stage too before the splotches form.

Dick

    Bookmark   September 7, 2014 at 10:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Annette, what is your impression of the yield of "Berta Talaska"? I would be interested in growing it some time in the future, but I still have several years of maintenance grow outs to get caught up on.

Dick, if you are looking for a wax bean that might be a good full bean, "Zlatac" might be worth trying. It appears to be stringless, and the shellies have great flavor.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2014 at 11:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Zeedman, I only planted 5 beans but they produced a lot of pods, we had snaps a couple of times, haven't tried them as a shelly, I should, as full beans they were a bust. The rest I've left for seed.
I'll pop a few in the mail tomorrow, stick em in the freezer until you get around to growing them :).

Annette

    Bookmark   September 8, 2014 at 12:29AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wolfcub(vancouver islan)

Hi Annette I would be interested in a few of these seeds if you have some to spare I will grow them in isolation next year. Cheers Marj

    Bookmark   September 11, 2014 at 9:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Hi Marg, anything else you're looking for that I might have? If not 'Berta Talaska' will be in the mail tomorrow :).

Annette

    Bookmark   September 11, 2014 at 9:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wolfcub(vancouver islan)

Thanks Annette..

    Bookmark   September 11, 2014 at 11:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

The dried pods are thin and brittle, really easy to shell, not quite dried they tear.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2014 at 11:33PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

I pulled the vines yesterday, I lied, planted 10 beans 2 on each string. Even so still lots of seed from 10 plants 12.45 ozs.
I'm guessing, but the vines grew up their strings and over the top of the pergola 10 ft. or more and intertwined with a clematis it's a good thing the clematis is one that is cut to the ground each spring, untangling would have been a nightmare as it was we just whacked it off.

Annette

    Bookmark   September 21, 2014 at 12:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

I just tried some Berta Talaska's as shellies, Zeedman's cooking method, what else can I say, DELICIOUS, they didn't even make it to the table DH and I polished them off standing at the kitchen counter. The only bad thing is I have to wait until next year for another feed.
So far Berta's are pretty good as a snap, yuk as a full bean, excellent as a shellie, dried???

Annette

    Bookmark   September 21, 2014 at 2:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
drloyd

Ok, you talked me into it if you can still spare some. - Dick

    Bookmark   September 21, 2014 at 5:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Dick, I still have a few of the original seed left, I'll send those along with a few fresh ones. I'll email you when they're in the mail, probably sometime next week. Your addy still the same?

Annette

    Bookmark   September 21, 2014 at 5:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
drloyd

Yep. Thank you. - Dick

    Bookmark   September 22, 2014 at 8:48AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Stringless pole bean?
Hello, I would like to find a good pole bean that has...
cowabunga1
Bush hyacinth bean
One of the joys of garden forums is being able to trade...
zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin
Show Me Your Trellis
This bean trellis was anchored by three foot long steel...
jimster
black gandules
Hi, does anyone know where I can find black gandules?...
ily68
Insuk's Wang Kong (red scarlet runners) part 2
I am the one that wrote the last post, so I am starting...
cabrita
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™