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OK, pole bean enthusiast, how do you identify a bean?

I had seeds given to me several years ago, had been raised by their family for years. Name unknown?
They are a round green pod, brown bean when mature, a tall pole/runner (7-8'), white blossoms, a string bean. The variety was raised over all others for taste, best described as a meaty taste! We aren't fond of the strings, but the flavor is very excellent.

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OK, pole bean enthusiast, how do you identify a bean?

I had seeds given to me several years ago, had been raised by their family for years. Name unknown?
They are a round green pod, brown bean when mature, a tall pole/runner, white blossoms, a string bean. The variety was raised over all others for taste, best described as a meaty taste! We aren't fond of the strings, but the flavor is very excellent.

Any ideas?
There is a HUGE community of heirloom bean enthusiasts. I think I have read about a similar bean, that you speak of somewhere in these links or type of links. Your beans are very valuable to some people. Don't loose the seeds!! String beans are supposedly better tasting and more tender and more desired by purists.

Beans were selected and grown buy commercial farms to ripen at the same time, be string-less, grow in a bush form, so it would be easier to harvest. Example: Half Runners were a favorite, then commercial farming messed up the available seed stock. All this manipulation caused the beans to become tough, and the old original seed stocks started to dry up. I think I ordered an old heirloom this past year. We'll see.

Imagine a type of bean that has been grown by a family, for 300 hundred years. The next valley over, another family did the same, with a different bean came from a different old country.

http://www.heirlooms.org/heirloom-beans.html
http://www.southernexposure.com/
http://www.rareseeds.com/purple-podded-pole-bean/
http://sustainableseedco.com/pole-beans/
http://www.nantahala-farm.com/october-beans-seeds-s.shtml
http://www.nantahala-farm.com/greasy-beans-appalachian-seeds-s.shtml
 

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I grew the beans about four years ago and saved the seed. I planted them this year and was surprised that they germinated better than the purchased seed. Every seed sprouted. These seeds are a little small due to the weather that year. I was just glad to get enough for seed.

Family say these beans were their mainstay, used cane from the river bank for poles. (Russell County, Kentucky)

 

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As I was admiring my garden this morning, I noticed the pole bean blossoms and the bees that were on them. I was surprised that the bloosoms were pink! I thought they were white. After closer observations, there are some that are white and some that are pink. Interesting?
 

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Wow holy beans ...they look great. I used bamboo and scrap from tomatoes cages made a tee pee the wire was like a cross. Grabbed bamboo had holes on top stuck wire in holes and tada tee pee no string.
 

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Unless they look really different from other string bean I can't see how you could name them. If they taste good why look a gift horse in the mouth? If they're green and all.

My pole beans have knocked over the trellises, I've got them propped up with 2X4s
 

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Since the garden season of 2014 is winding down especially for warm weather plants, the unknown pole beans grew great, bloomed, but not as abundant as hoped. The beans were half the size as i also hoped. They have great taste, but are not as prolific as the rattlesnake variety I planted parallel with them. I harvested seed from them to save. I probably won't plant them next year.

I picked so many rattlesnake beans I lost count of the baskets? So, you see what is on my 2015 garden list of beans to plant.
 
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