Cosse Violetta Pole Beans

| 3/6/2013 10:23:26 AM

Happy Thursday!  I'm continuing my list of favorite vegetable varieties today.  Yesterday's topic was the beautiful Calypso Bean, today we have another beautiful bean, the Cosse Violetta Pole Bean!  This is another variety that I ordered last year from Annie's Heirloom Seeds.   It produced a prolific crop of tasty, beautiful purple "green" beans. 

 Veggie Basket 

I'll admit that these beans were a lot of fun to grow.  For one thing, purple is my favorite color, so growing purple beans was ideal.  Also, although the stems are also purple, the beans were much easier to find and pick than a green bean up against a green background. 

In case you were wondering, sadly, the purple color fades when heated, so these beans look just like any other green bean when cooked.  In fact, I cooked them several times with actual "green" green beans, and you couldn't tell which were which on the table.  

 Bean Vines 

These beans were a joy to grow and were prolific to boot!  In fact, every time I thought they were finished producing, I would head out to pull them up and come back with a basket full of beans instead!  I fully intend to grow them again this year! 

So how does your family feel about vegetables that aren't the "normal" color?

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3/7/2013 10:59:39 PM

Heather, I have enough trouble just getting the family to eat green beans without throwing purple into the mix. They are very picky eaters. Unlike me that will eat or try just about any thing. On my short term mission trips to Central America, I never asked what was in the bowl. Some was pretty tough to choke down but I was graciously thankful and smiled allot when I thanked them. It was probably the best they had. I wasn't always that way. During my youth I was a picky eater as well but some where along the way I turned 180 degrees with food. I guess that was a good thing as no one in my family ate left overs. My wife kind of tolerated me but when she saw me cutting the mold off of the cheese and the slicing off a chunk for eating, she had to leave the room. Sorry but cheese is mold, right? If a slice is cut off the six sides and thrown away the center is still good, right? Yeah, well my daughter still retches when I gulp down sour milk or worse chunky milk. There's just too much German in my blood. Waste not want not. Well, and there is the German dish called curds which is nothing more than sour chunky milk. Have a great purple bean day.

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