what is your favorite bean.

barbara_melSeptember 23, 2006

I am hunting for that perfect bean to suit my taste buds. Although I am sure I will always plant several varieties. I love good snap beans and shelly's. I alread have a list of new bean I plan to try next spring. I normally try new varieties every year. I do not want to miss anything good LOL. I would like to know what your favorit bean is. Beans and leafy greans are my favorit vegies. I love all vegies but I think they are on the top of the list.

I have enjoyed many verieties. So far I like blue lakes & roma 11 bush. Kentucky wonders & bluelake pole. I am not sure if I can say that they are my favorite but they have been dependable. Kentucky wander & romas have a full beany flaver. Romas have a nice texture and a bit of sweetness along with the beany flaver. blue lakes have more of a traditional bean flaver with a hint of sweetness. I like a sweet taste and a full beany flaver. I normaly get one or the other. I would love to find one bean that has both the full beany flaver the very sweet taste.

I have noticed the condition of my soil and how often I water my beans after pod set makes a difference it the tast. What about you?

What is your favorite bean and why.

So far I have learned a lot from you all reading all the threads. So I will value your input. I understand that we acquire different taste but I am sure your input will be more accurate then the pumped up catalog description

Thank you.


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gardenlad(6b KY)

The favorite heirloom thread, lower on this page, kind of answers that question for many of us.

Let me suggest, however, that if you like the Blue Lakes, you won't care for some of the others mentioned. I don't care for Blue Lake at all, for instance, as I find them relatively tasteless. Obviously, my tastes run to a heavier, more beany flavor than yours. So my favorites probably won't meet your desires.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2006 at 6:53AM
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Oh no. gardenlad I have never tasted a bean with too much of a beany flaver for me. You see before I found this garden forum I didn't know very much about heirloom vegies. Even now I find that they are not as easily accessible as some of the other common seeds. Next year I certainly plan to find out how beany a bean can be ;). I will look for that thread and read it but I still hope to get some input from other bean lovers.
Thank you

    Bookmark   September 23, 2006 at 12:25PM
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Here are some good answers.

Here is a link that might be useful: What kind of green bean do you like and why?

    Bookmark   October 21, 2006 at 2:12PM
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We have a family bean that I'm getting ready to pass on to the 5th generation. My aunt thought it was a fava bean, but it doesn't match that description. We've only used them as a dried bean; it has a hearty, meaty flavor. It is a pole bean and has red blooms. The pod is 5-7" long with black & brownish-red seeds when dried. The bean is approximately 2 cm long, 1 cm wide and 1/2 cm thick. I have a picture that I would gladly email if needed to identify.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2006 at 9:30PM
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gardenlad(6b KY)


Sounds like a runner bean to me, particularly with the red flowers and the size of the beans.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2006 at 11:30AM
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I found Blue Lake to be more prolific than Ky. Wonder but not as flavorful. Rattlesnake is another good one. Ky. Blue is supposed to combine the best qualities of both but in my experience ( One year only )it missed both. Roma ll is undoubtedly the best bush bean I've grown.
I like French Horticulture bush bean for shellies. and Christmas Limas for butterbeans.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2006 at 9:27AM
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My favorite bean is a red peanut bean. We call them pink tips here. The only problem with them is that they are small and stringy and take forever to string and break for canning. Greatest flavor of any bean I know though.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2006 at 12:22PM
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gardenlad(6b KY)

Jackier, is that the red peanut from Mayo? That is, it's a six-week bush bean?

    Bookmark   November 7, 2006 at 12:47PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

Red peanut is a new one to me. Can you tell me more about it?


    Bookmark   November 7, 2006 at 7:39PM
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gardenlad(6b KY)

If it's the same one I'm familiar with, Jim, Red Peanut is a bush variety that bears in about 45 days. As the pods mature they turn pink.

Mayo Seeds, of Knoxville, is the supplier of the Red Peanut. But often it is private branded. Southern States, for instance, carries it under its own name.

Red Peanut is a commercial version of the Bailey's Six Week bean in my collection. That one goes back in the Bailey family of northeastern Kentucky for about 150 years. Whether the Bailey's got it as a commercial variety, originally, depondent sayeth not.

By me the Bailey's produces in 43 days. The pink begins to show at the tips once the pods are past their prime as snap beans. Eventually the entire pod turns a deep pink, almost red, and the beans are also reddish pink, and about the size and shape of peanuts while in the fresh shelly stage.

Although they do have zipper strings, the Bailey's does not otherwise turn stringy or fibrous, but does toughen up once it goes through the color change.

They have a rich, beany flavor, and make a great canning bean as either snaps or shellies.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2006 at 1:31PM
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Yes, I am pretty sure it is from Mayo. I live in Cleveland, TN just south of Knoxville and can get it here and got it in Rogersville, TN just North of Knoxville. It is an early bean, but as I said, takes forever to break a canner full.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2006 at 9:17PM
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gardenlad(6b KY)

The majority of heirloom beans have zipper strings, Jackie. Maybe because of that we're used to stringing them, but we never found the Bailey's (Red Peanut) to be particularly irksome.

Normally we'll pop a video in, and watch the movie while we string the beans.

Only difference is that most of the varieties we grow are pole types, so there are rarely as many to do all at once as there are with a bush bean.

But the taste of this one is worth any trouble, IMO.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2006 at 6:29PM
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My favorite bean is the Blue Lake 274's. They get big and have a wonderful taste. This is the most popular type of bean in my area. I have a lot of people wanting to buy the beans because they taste so good.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 10:06AM
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carolync1(z8/9 CA inland)

Romanette is sweeter than a typical Roma type but not quite so beany in flavor. It is very tender. I like the compromise between the Roma flavor and sweetness. I appreciate it here for its heat tolerance, which approaches some of the heat-setting types like Brio or Festina. My mother-in-law likes 'Contender' for beany flavor, but it is not as sweet. I think some of the pole varieties are "beanier" than the two I have named here.

You can get Romanette from Crosman's Seed for a reasonable price. Johnny's replaced it in their catalog with a more typical Roma this year.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 7:41PM
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