These purple string beans are so cool!  At Town Mouse House, here is one of the vines climbing past my little trellis up to the porch light:


The beans turn green when cooked – but I’ve actually been chopping them up and putting them into salads a lot.  The color is so pretty.  The last salad I made contained cucumbers, beans, carrots, chives, parsley, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.  It was a real treat.  It was even better on the second day!

At the Country Mouse House Garden, I deliberately planted beans that had very pretty flowers this year.  One kind is the “Painted Lady” variety, which has a red and white flower.


Here is the flower of the purple, Trionfo Violetto, bean:

Purple bean flower

My friend once canned pickled string beans.  I may try that this year.  Anyone have bean recipes?

Have a yummy day!