The Amazing Pole Bean

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Every season our year-round organic garden provides us food we love.  In the spring and summer, one of those vegetables is pole beans.  Although we grow bush beans as well, pole beans are my favorite.  They are deliciously nutty and substantial, and are truly a wonderful vegetable.  I get so excited when the first beans begin to grow.  We start them from seeds and create a bamboo trellis for them to climb. They are a great space saver in the garden, and look beautiful as they hang on the climbing vines.  Pole beans are delicious, and like all green beans, are a nutritious and low-calorie food perfect for warm weather. If you haven’t tried pole beans, give them a try.  If you have a garden they are a great crop.  My recipe is below.

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The Amazing Pole Bean


  • 8 to 10 oz. pole beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt (for salting water) and 1/4 tsp.
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Bring water to a boil over high heat and then add salt (use a large pot). Meanwhile, trim off the very ends of the pole beans and discard, and cut up the beans in 1/2 to 1 inch pieces. Once the water boils, add the beans and let cook over medium-high heat uncovered. Cook for about 10 minutes or until desired tenderness. Remove the beans from the boiling water and plunge into an ice bath to stop the cooking. Strain the beans and toss with olive oil and 1/4 tsp salt (add more to taste if desired).
  • Notes

    These beans are delicious served with tomato slices and feta cheese. They can also be paired with any meat or protein, and of course other veggies or even a salad.


    10 Responses to“The Amazing Pole Bean”

    1. Sandhya
      06/18/2015 at 9:42 am #

      Wow Antonia! those pole beans look so fresh and tempting!

        06/18/2015 at 1:28 pm #

        Thank you Sandhya 🙂

    2. 06/18/2015 at 11:23 am #

      Just perfect, Antonia! Healthy, right in season and delicious! 🙂

        06/18/2015 at 1:29 pm #

        Thanks Francesca!

    3. 06/18/2015 at 11:07 pm #

      These Organic beans looks so fresh and healthy,Antonia….

        06/19/2015 at 8:36 am #

        Thank you so much Swapna 🙂

    4. 06/20/2015 at 2:24 pm #

      This s new to me.. I haven’t cooked with this bean..looks fresh

        06/20/2015 at 5:03 pm #

        They are really tasty Vidya. They are definitely worth a try 🙂

    5. 06/22/2015 at 6:10 am #

      yum! looks uber healthy 😛

        06/22/2015 at 1:05 pm #

        Thanks Annie 🙂

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