The Q&A Archives: Harvesting Snap Beans

Question: I have a good amount of beans that appear to be ready, but when I took one off it was still mushy on the inside. How can I tell when they are ready? I understand that I should harvest often to get the best yield.

Answer: Experience is probably the best teacher when it comes to harvesting veggies of all kinds. Beans should be harvested frequently; if you allow the pods to ripen fully the plant will stop producing and die. Harvest beans when they are pencil-size, tender, and before the seeds inside form bumps on the pod.

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by cocoajuno and is called "Here's looking at you."