Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Magic Purple Bean

I mixed some regular green beans in with the purple beans for contrast.

The Magic Purple Bean

I never thought that boiling beans could be exciting until I started growing purple beans (also known as burgundy beans).  They are similar to regular green bush beans in taste, size and growth (see picture below).  Really the only difference is the color.  If they are left to grow too large they too can become tough and stringy.    

A Purple or Burgundy Bush Bean plant.

When this bean is snapped in two you will notice that the inside is green like a regular bean - it is only the outer layer or skin that is purple.
The inside of the Purple Bean is green.
The purple bean will turn green when cooked - whether you boil or saute purple beans - they will always turn green.  This is very enjoyable for children also - it can be the seed (no pun intended) that sparks an interest in cooking or gardening.

The purple beans turn green when cooked.  In this picture the purple beans are almost totally green; once they are fully cooked they will be all green.


  1. Wow, my fav color combo! How disappointing that the purple beans turn green. :(

  2. Wow, that's really interesting! I've never seen any like that before. I thought at first that these were purple-hull (black-eye peas) :)

  3. Pinned at my Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/ArtsyCraftery/a-fuchsia-orchid-plum-life/.


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