Speckled Cranberry Bean: when to harvest?

wayne_perrier(z9 CA)September 9, 2009

we have a good bunch of plants going, about 25 and they have alot of pods on them. Some of the pods are an even green colour, and some are speckled. I am having trouble figuring out when to harvest them. I got the seed from SeedSavers.

I picked one pod that had exterior speckling but the interior beans were a pea green colour. Not speckled like the seeds I planted. There are other pods that have greater speckling.

We are trying to figure out when to pick them. The vines are not yet in decline.

Thanks in advance.


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Typically Cranberrys are used as dried beans. In that case you just let the pods dry on the vine, then pick and shell. They also are good as green shellies. These are picked as the pods change color and become leathery in texture. Mature but not dry. If you want them to look like the seed you planted, you will need to go for dry beans.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2009 at 8:35AM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

I'm assuming that you want to use them as shellies (green-shelled beans) which is probably their best use. The best indicator of maturity I've found is the pod color. When the red streaks on the pod begin to turn purple, then the seeds are ripe. You'll get the best cooked color in this stage. The seeds can dry very rapidly at this point - especially in your climate - so you'll want to pick at least every other day.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2009 at 2:07PM
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I agree with zeedman those kinds of beans are best as shellies. I grow green beans and shellies. I can buy dry beans in the gro. store cheaper than I can grow them and just as good. The green parts of the pod turns yellow and leathery when ripe.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2009 at 4:25PM
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