I presented a mystery in a recent post. My son’s girlfriend Eliza had me interested in finding the beans she had described, and I had asked for readers’ help. https://sarasinart.net/2014/09/23/a-question-for-the-gardeners/
After some searches and a description of the pods and seeds that Eliza saw, and the purple beans that she ate, I discovered Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, a company that sells rare seeds. http://www.rareseeds.com/thai-purple-podded-yard-long-bean/ The picture above is from their website: http://www.rareseeds.com/
I called them today and talked to a very helpful lady. She told me that these beans do indeed stay purple when cooked, and also turn the water purple. Then I described the seeds to her: small reddish brown seeds that have a black and white eye similar to black eyed peas. Bless her heart, she went and looked at the seeds and said that’s what they look like.
So, Eliza looked at the picture and says that’s them, and the great customer service lady at Baker Creek went out of her way to make sure the picture was what we’re looking for. I will be ordering some seeds for these to try next year. I always like something new and fun to grow.
They say they are great producers, and they are heirlooms, both good things to say about a food plant. Yea, we’ll be growing some long purple beans here next year.