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Name: Jane Sherry
South Florida (Zone 10b)
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jane3
Apr 29, 2017 9:26 AM CST
hi I used to belong to a mailing list of organic gardeners and we often shared seed varieties. I got one the gardener in California said was a "german green bean" and it was the best tasting pole bean I've ever had, ran out of seed and wasn't able to regrow them. I wonder if anyone knows of this bean? It was tender, no strings, purple pale flowers and was very hardy, vigorous, disease resistant and delicious!! Any suggestions? Thanks, Jane Sherry now in South Florida
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 29, 2017 7:41 PM CST
Hi Jane --- there are soooo many bean varieties... my first thought was "Blauhilde," but it has purple pods (green when cooked), and I don't know what color the seeds are.

I hope someone here will have some better information for you!
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Name: Jane Sherry
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jane3
Apr 30, 2017 5:02 AM CST
Thanks for your reply Weedwhacker! These beans were soft skinned, cooked up bright green, dark marooney black seeds inside, lovely lavender flowers, were very prolific. Just in case, I think the mailing list was run by a woman named Henrietta and fellow gardener was from California. I'll just keep checking heirloom seed sites, but thought someone on this list may know of such a bean. Many thanks, Jane
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 30, 2017 7:41 AM CST
Jane, were they round-podded, or flat?

I hope someone here will recognize the beans you're describing! Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Jane Sherry
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jane3
May 2, 2017 6:04 AM CST
Weedwacker, they were round, not flat, i'm getting ready to try another heirloom from another seed supplier and will let you know if it's the 'one'! Thanks, jane
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
May 2, 2017 10:56 AM CST
There are several black seeded pole beans which can be used as snap beans.
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Name: Jane Sherry
South Florida (Zone 10b)
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jane3
May 6, 2017 4:59 AM CST
thank you farmer dill!! I've never seen so many bean varieties!! And although the bean i was searching for was called a "german black bean" it mostly looks like the italian pole bean you sent, bean bobis a grano nero! Round and smooth, so many thanks, I will order more seed and do my experiment next season, getting late to plant already in south florida. Many thanks!
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