Green beans: the best green beans to grow for canning

I have quite a bit of experience when it comes to growing green beans. I have been gardening for over 30 years. Over the years, I have tried to grow many different varieties of green beans. Since I like to canned beans for storage in my cellar, I have narrowed down my favorites to the ones that taste best after going through the canning process. You may think that green beans are all the same, but they all have differences.

Tender beans are by far my favorite type of canned beans. They are a stringless seeded white bean, they taste great and hold their shape well when canned. They also produce very large crops. If the plants are kept well collected, the plants will continue to produce a great harvest until frost.

Golden wax bush beans are also good beans for canning. The taste is good and since the beans are yellow, they taste slightly different than the usual green beans. They produce well, have no strings, and are easier to pick than greens. They are easier to see on the bush because they are yellow in color. They also keep their yellow color when canned.

Since I’m getting older and I don’t like having to bend over to pick beans, Tenderette and Golden Wax are the only type of beans I grow. All the other varieties I have tried in the past have failed in comparison. I never found pole beans that I like as well as canned Tenderette bush beans, but I plant them anyway. I grow them mainly because I don’t have to bend down as much when picking them up. Pole beans take a little longer to start producing than bush beans.

Kentucky Wonder is a pole bean that canned well and holds its shape quite well. It seems to lose some of its flavor during the canning process. It is a brown seeded bean and is threadless when harvested when young. Keep them well collected and they will produce until frost kills them.

Blue Lake Pole beans are a white seeded variety that can be pretty well canned. It maintains its flavor and shape when canned. They do not have threads when picked young and will produce even frost if kept well collected. Blue Lake Pole Beans are my favorite type of Pole Beans for canning.

Mid-runner navy beans are my least favorite of all due to the fact that they have heavy strings. Even when picked very young, they tend to have some strings. The only reason I plant them is because of their unique bean flavor. They are a variety of white seeds. Vines don’t grow as tall as most beans, so they can be grown along a fence at waist height rather than on poles. They keep their flavor well when canned. The seeds of ripe beans also dry well for the winter. If you’ve only eaten canned beans from the store, you don’t know what you’re missing. Homemade canned green beans shine store bought beans. There really is no comparison in quality and taste.

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