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When to pick green beans

Posted by applebuilder North Orange County (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 19, 09 at 14:09

Just wondering when I should harvest green beans. I know people say to pick it before the seeds form lumps, but I tried one like that and it tasted 'green'. It seems to get a little sweeter if you let the seeds plump up a bit, but I've only tried a few so I don't have much to compare with. I don't think I've ever had homegrown beans before so is that just how they're supposed to taste? These are Kentucky Wonder's by the way, thanks! Oh, also I thought Kentucky Wonder pods were on the large side, but before these get to 4 inches they're already forming lumps.

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RE: When to pick green beans

I don't grow KW's so I can't comment on the specific variety, but growing conditions will affect the size with smaller beans appearing during periods of stress.

Try picking them at different stages. Experience will teach you to recognize the phase of development when they best suit your tastebuds.

BTW, there's nothing wrong with not agreeing about the "right" stage for picking something. I like my greenbeans with little seed, but I prefer my squash a little more mature than most -- with seeds developing but not yet going hard.

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