I am always looking for unique varieties of everyday vegetables to plant in my garden. Pole beans are fine to grow and put on the table, however to add some conversation to your guests dining experience, add a dish of Purple Podded pole beans. Although these pole beans have a purple hue to them when growing, they turn bright green when blanched or cooked.
About the Purple Podded Pole Beans
Although the Purple Podded Pole Bean was discovered in the woody Ozark Mountains in the 1930’s, its origins are most likely rooted to an area in Europe long before then. This heirloom plant is favored by many organic gardeners not only because of its excellent taste, but because the deep purple pods are in direct contrast with its foliage, making it a stunning plant in the garden. Its noticeable color also helps with a quick harvest that even small children can help with.
Growing Purple Podded Pole Beans
Purple Podded Pole Beans are planted the same as any pole bean. Seeds should be planted one inch deep, two inches apart, in rows two feet apart after all danger of frost has passed. It does well in rich well-drained soil and thrives under a full sun. As the plants begin to grow, place a trellis along the rows for vines to latch onto. Seeds can also be planted at the base of tripod bamboo trellis or fences. The plants have been known to reach a height of eight feet, so make sure the trellis is tall enough to accommodate this towering height. Water the plants regularly, but do not over water.
Harvesting and Cooking Purple Podded Pole Beans
The pole beans mature in about 65 days and it is advisable to harvest often to increase yields. Each pole bean is six to seven inches long and one-half inch wide. The Purple Podded Pole Bean can be used in the same dishes as regular pole beans. It has no string and is great in soups and stews. It is an excellent choice of home canning recipes.
Suggestions: If you are not fond of pole beans, try growing some on a trellis as an ornamental for your garden.
Sources: Personal Experience, Seed Savers Exchange