- Green beans
- Yellow Wax
- French Filet
- Asian Yard long
- Cow peas (technically a bean)
- others such as Soy, Lima and Broad bean (Fava)
And of course all those gorgeous colors - bright yellow, purple, speckled, red, dark and light green etc. I can only wish I had enough space for many more to plant. I'm not a fan of dry beans - never got to really like them, but I do have few varieties that I like to grow for eating fresh:
- Kentucky Wonder - heirloom bean, with traditional "green bean" flavor.
- Romano Purpiat - deep purple wide bean that turns green when cooked - very tasty stringless bean and very quickly becoming one of my favorites for its buttery taste.
- Garden green bean - Tenderbush - the typical green bean you get in a store.
- Purple Velour - french filet variety, with slim and crunchy texture and very pleasant taste.
- Dragon Tongue - this can be used as fresh or let it grow out and dry for winter, but I like it fresh. It's nice and buttery when young but if it's overgrown can get a bit stringy so I pick them when they're still flat.
- Roc D'or - this is a pole variety that I love for both taste and texture, and in addition it really a heavy producer. This is a yellow wax type with very mild buttery taste, perfect for a side dish and stores well in a freezer if I blanch it.
- Green Slenderette - another french filet, small in size but nice crisp taste. Not a heavy producer though so not sure if I will grow it next year.
- Soliel - yellow french filet, very slender, crisp and somewhat brittle in texture (breaks often when I harvest) but has pleasant flavor.
- And last in the picture is soy bean - green butterbean. I like steaming them and eating fresh with a little bit of salt to enhance flavor.
Not pictured that I tried this year are Dolico - more like a cow-peas but can be used as a green bean. I was not happy with the flavor and pulled out plants after first try. Garden yellow - brittle wax was mostly destroyed by groundhog though I did get first few flushes out of it. French Gold pole bean - lovely taste and texture, but not as good as Roc D'or. Red Noodle and Gita was destroyed by groundhog and never got to produce, and Purple Queen was demolished as well, but I had it last year and liked it flavor very much.
So here you have it, few varieties to think about and I have a long list that I want to try next year in addition to what I already have.