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Beans, often overlooked, are ripe with history


December 18, 2017

I planted an unnamed variety of yellow wax bean in late July -- about two dozen seeds -- and by late summer the vines were so vigorous and fruitful I couldn't keep up with them in the kitchen.

This overabundance of crop was fine, because with a winning bean like that, you want to stop picking it a few weeks before the end of the growing season. This period allows the beans inside to develop, mature and ripen. Now, at the garden's end, the pods are wizened and the beans ready for winter. Some will be saved as seed for next year; the rest will be put aside to use in stews.


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