Harvesting Snap Beans - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, FL
Question by elvish
July 11, 1999
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.


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Answer from NGA
July 11, 1999

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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.

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