Answer: In my experience the pods did turn brown when they dried, just as any bean will do. They also split open just as any bean would do, so they lose some of that great ornamental quality both ways. If you don't mind the splits, I suppose you could glaze or paint and then lacquer them for a colorful accent, but it probably wouldn't be as great as it is in nature. Maybe that's why they are so amazing in the garden!
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