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Berta Talaska Pole Beans

Posted by aftermidnight Z7b V. Island B.C. (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 0:35

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


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

  • Posted by drloyd 7B Western WA (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 0:56

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


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

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.


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

  • Posted by drloyd 7B Western WA (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 11:52

Imagine a full bean with seed like that!


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

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.


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

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


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

  • Posted by drloyd 7B Western WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 15, 14 at 9:44

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


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

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


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

  • Posted by drloyd 7B Western WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 16, 14 at 10:34

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


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

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


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

  • Posted by drloyd 7B Western WA (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 7, 14 at 22:24

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


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

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.


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

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


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

  • Posted by wolfcub vancouver islan (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 11, 14 at 21:02

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


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

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

Annette


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

  • Posted by wolfcub vancouver islan (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 11, 14 at 23:30

Thanks Annette..


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RE: Berta Talaska Pole Beans

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


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