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.

Answer from NGA
July 11, 1999


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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