But not only is it beautiful, it’s a fabulous way for grow-your-owners to actually get a huge harvest from a relatively small area…..there could even be enough to freeze for winter!!
Unlike the green and yellow beans I’ve grown that have white and yellow flowers, these purple beans have purple flowers. They’re so pretty, I use them in flower arrangements….the little maturing beans are nice in bouquets too. They’re also lovely edible flowers in salads. And check it out! Before they open up and bloom the flower buds look like bean seeds.
These are really a fast food in the summertime. (well, ok, I mean after you do all the work to grow them and pick them, of course!) Anyway, so easy to snip into pieces, so fast to steam and so delicious (very colourful and beautiful too) when mixed with quickly chopped tomatoes of different colors, peppers of different colours too and just pulled onions with some chopped up homegrown garlic, thrown all together, it needs nothing else, (hmmmm….maybe some butter) the flavours are so darned fresh and amazing…perfect for an al fresco supper. Maybe if more people knew how much better this good fresh grub tasted, more people would grow it? Makes me think of that front yard garden again. Three tepees or trellis circles in a front yard (or anywhere!) with climbing and bush beans would provide a huge bounty, maybe some for the neighbours and some for the freezer for holiday dinners in the wintertime too!