Pole Snap Bean, Oregon Giant (Organic)
Phaseolus vulgaris. Semi-flat Speckled Green Pods. 65 days.
This is the bean that introduced us to multi-purpose beans. Oregon Giant Pole Snap Beans have great texture and flavor as a snap bean when young, as a shelling bean when more mature, and as a dry bean when fully mature. We like to cook pods when they are big and juicy, although at that point they have strings like a traditional string bean. Also tasty when smaller and stringless, but with a much milder flavor. As a shelling or dry bean they are quite large, some might say Giant. Somewhat late to mature but pods shed off a fair amount of rain when drying down. Plants tolerate shade and cold wet weather very well. Most famous for being a commercial bean grown for the canning industry from the 1930s through 1970s and recently appeared to be lost. Our ‘genuine’ strain came from local seed saver Louise Nivison in Foster, Oregon who had been saving them for decades.
Direct sow 1″ deep May through late June in rows that are 1′ apart. Thin seedlings to 3-6″spacing. Protect early sowings from frost. Pole snap beans are productive over a long season and only need one sowing unlike their bush snap counterparts. Requires trellising; try T-posts and bailing twine or plant a few weeks after corn or sunflowers for a natural trellis.
Shell seeds from fully dry pods by hand or by dancing on them. Winnow to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter. Some cross-pollination may occur, but beans mostly self-pollinate.