One of the greatest feelings in the world is to see your kids become passionate about something that you are passionate about. Last summer I was with my oldest daughter visiting the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market. We were look at the wares of one of our favorite vendors, Tantre Farm. They grow a wide variety of vegetables and some fruit. What particular caught my eye that day was a basket of Tongue of Fire beans. Who wouldn’t love a name like that and their appearance is as striking as their name. We brought some home to try. I shelled the beans and just boiled them up. Season them and served them to my daughter and I. She loved them! She keep wanting more. These beans went right to the top of my list for things I wanted to grow the following year.
I got my seeds from Baker Creek. Of course my daugther was happy to plant them and happy to watch them grow each day. Every day we do a “garden check” to see how things are growing. When she saw that the beans were flowering she was super excited. She would scream “fire beans!”. As shelling beans it would take them longer to get a harvest or would it?
Picking Tongue of Fire Beans for Green Beans
The point of this post is to talk about picking Tongue of Fire beans for green beans. I think when people grow shelling beans they don’t think about picking them for greens. But they are missing out on an amazing opportunity. You don’t have often get to try vegetables in the various stages of growth. When you go to the store you may find cannellini beans as a dried bean – nothing more. After reading online how good they were as a green bean, I decided to plant some of the dried bean. I was very delighted with the result. Now anytime of bean I grow I want to give it a try as a green bean. I did the same this year with my Tongue of Fire beans. I picked a bunch before the beans inside began to mature. This also will encourage the plant to produce more beans.
What Do Green Tongue of Fire Beans Taste Like?
The beans had this unique, almost broccoli-like flavor. They were tender with no strings to worry about. The streaks of red on the beans sadly faded with cooking. My daughter devoured them just as she had the shelled version. If you don’t get to taste them this way you are really missing out on something special. You could grow them just for green beans if you like and I wouldn’t fault you.