Drying Hyacinth Bean Pods - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Nancy Gourlie
Lansdale, PA
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Question by cmebythec
October 3, 1999
This year for the first time I purchased an annual vine-the purple bean or hyacinth bean vine. It has taken over the one side of the house and produced the most wonderful purple pods. What is the best way to dry these pods? I have read to place them in a cardboard box with lots of ventilation but that they will not maintain their color. Do you have any ideas?

Answer from NGA
October 3, 1999
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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