Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Have you ever seen a Purple Podded Bean?

Yes?  No?  I've seen them on the internet but never in real life.  I'm going to change that!

If you don't get the newsletter...Last night I added a few new seed varieties at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  One of the super cool varieties is a Royalty Purple Podded Bean

56 days.  Bush variety.  Tender, bright purple pods turn green when cooked.  Prolific producer and a good home garden variety.  Beautiful addition to your garden and very tasty.  Plant a row every three weeks until July for a long harvest period. 

In 50-60 days I hope to share a picture of a recipe that I made with my new purple beans!  For now, enjoy the recipe I found at Thyme for Cooking, the Blog

Braised Green and Purple Beans with Green and Purple Basil

8oz (250gr) green and purple beans
3 shallots    preferably freshly dug
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup chicken stock
handful green basil, snipped
handful purple basil, snipped
2 tsp butter

Top and tail beans...cut off the ends. Cut in half.  Cut shallots in half.  Heat olive oil in a small skillet.  Add shallots and sauté until starting to brown about 5 minutes.  Add beans, stock, cover and simmer over medium heat until just barely tender, about 7 minutes. Uncover and cook off any remaining liquid.  Remove from heat, add butter, herbs, stir to combine and serve.

***On a side note***
I am trying to start a little 'trend' here at Mary's KitchenI missed Meatless on Monday this week because I just HAD to share my Giving Back post.  One of these days I might add a link party but for now I'd be thrilled if you joined me!

Mondays will be Meatless on Monday!
Fridays will be Raw Food Friday! 

35 comments:

  1. I never have and they are beautiful! It sounds like a great recipe too!

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  2. I think I'll try this recipe with green beans first. It sounds delicious and I have both green and purple basil still in the garden!

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  3. Wow, these are so pretty! I have never seen them before.

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  4. I've never seen a purple bean! New GFC friend. Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/, hope you stop by and be mine, too.

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  5. I have heard of them, but have never eaten them. Your recipe sounds good! Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble :)

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  6. I have never tired these, but they look good :)
    -Melanie

    P.S. I'm hosting a $50 Shabby Apple Giveaway on my blog, you should come check it out!
    http://meandmr.com/post/35113285949/shabby-apple-50-giveaway

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  7. Oh My MIL grew them last year and they were delicious and the kids thought they were fun to pick probably because of the colour. B

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  8. Well purple eggplant so I guess purple pea pods will work ~ great post ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  9. I have grown them the past two years, they turn green when you cook them! :)

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    1. That's what I read. Looking forward to growing new stuff!

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  10. Hey there, I'm a new follower on GFC! Found you via Thursday Favorite Things. I've never seen a purple podded bean before but they are beautiful! Now I want to plant some of them next year :)

    Tammy
    ourneckofthewoods.net

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Tammy! If you need seeds please check out the link to Mary's Heirloom Seeds. I always include free seed packs with each order!

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  11. Hi, I'm your newest follower from the blog hop, would love for you to come follow back and join my blog hop :)
    Erica
    http://www.ericastartwalking.com/2012/11/im-blogger-girl-in-blogger-world-blog.html

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  12. I've never had purple beans. Your dish sounds great!

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  13. Those look amazing! So glad to be following you!!!

    http://thebees3.blogspot.com/

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  14. MMM. Posts like this give me the urge to garden!
    Beautiful bounty, I thank you so much for sharing. :)
    ♥Linsey

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  15. I have and these are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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  16. Hi Mary,
    I have never seen purple bean pods. It is really interesting that they turn green when cooked. I am happy to join you anytime. I always love reading your blog. Thanks for linking at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party every week. I really appreciate it.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  17. OH my goodness I have never, ever seen those before. This nature, she never ceases to amaze. =)

    Aloha,

    I just wanted to you to know how incredibly sweet it was to have you at An Aloha Affair last week. I hope you'll join me and our team of beautiful bloggers this week for an even bigger affair. I'll save a spot just for you...

    Cheers,
    Nicole
    localsugarhawaii.com

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  18. We used to get these from our CSA. They're great, very favourful.

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  19. These are beautiful -- I'd love to taste one. :)

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  20. Those are amazing. I will have to order some from you this spring! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library.

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  21. Beautiful beans. Love the color! Makes me want to be in the garden planting stuff.

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  22. They look so beautiful! I'd like to make them just for the impact the colour would have when serving them.

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  23. Never seen them before but they are absolutely beautiful. Wonder what they looked like cooked?? Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library Link-Up!

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  24. Mary,
    You always have some food I have never had or tried before, I love it.
    Steph
    swtboutique.blogspot.com
    ps
    ...and I was a food's major in college!

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  25. How interesting! I love any kind of bean. I will have to tell my son about the purple ones. He is the garden grower. Thank you for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday.

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  26. Oh wow, I have never seen purple beans! Wonder if they taste different than green beans.

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  27. I have seen these in seed catalogs but never tried any. They are beautifully colored beans!

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  28. Those are beautiful! Isn't nature amazing! Thanks for linking up on Ladies Holiday this Friday! Happy weekend and we hope to see you next week. Cheers!

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  29. Those look wonderful. I've heard that darker colored vegetables are always really healthy! Thanks for joining my party!

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  30. Those are way cool looking, what a gorgeous color! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  31. I don't think I've ever had royal purple beans before, but they look like something I'd definitely try. Let me know if you ever do start your Meatless on Monday link-up. Thanks so much for sharing at last week's Meatless Monday :)

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  32. What gorgeous beans!Thanks for sharing on Wicked Good Wednesday at www.wildernesswife.com!

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  33. I've never heard of them before. I love the bright color though. I'm so glad you linked up at Romance on a dime.

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