Two retired high school teachers from Southern California move to a 100 acre ranch in rural Northern New Mexico. Why the name? This place nickels and dimes us to death, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Purple Green Beans?
My dad and I have grown Royal Burgundy Green Beans for a long time, he, with always awesome results, me, not always good. I attribute the difference in our green bean success to the more moderate temperatures at his Orange County home compared to the inferno temperatures in the Inland Empire where we lived. Orange was always a good 15 to 20 degrees cooler on the (almost) coast.
Why purple beans? Well, they're fun to look at. The blossoms as well as the beans are a pretty purple, or as my dad used to say, "Purpipple."
The beans are easier to find on the plants, their royal burgundy pods contrasting with the green leaves. That makes for faster bean picking. When you cook them, the beans turn green, which is good for people who need to eat stuff that looks familiar.