Some of my green beans got too large and bumpy. Are they still edible?

Question:

Some of my green beans got too large and bumpy. Are they still edible?

Answer:

While pods that are large and bumpy are still edible, they are not nearly as tasty. Green beans (also called snap, string, or wax beans) are intended to be consumed as immature pods with small undeveloped seeds inside. When the seeds inside the pod are too large and mature, the bean pod becomes tough and stringy and is not as palatable. The mature bean inside the pod of a green bean can be shelled and used fresh like fava, butter, or broad beans, but the flavor will likely be inferior.

Learn more in this article: Growing Green Beans

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  • Consumer Horticulture Extension
Last updated on
March 19, 2024