[Market-farming] yellow wax bean

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at illinois.edu
Tue Jun 9 11:55:27 EDT 2009

>I may be picking the beans too small. They seem about right to me, but they have that yellow/green color. The larger beans, which I think are borderline too big have the yellow color, although it is a very pale yellow.

The seed size inside the pod should tell you if they are immature, overmature or just right. If they are immature, they will just be tiny seed coats with hardly anything filled in. If they are overmature, they will be large and starting to harden. The pod will get rounded sides at each seed too. If they are just right, the seeds will be filling, but not full. And the pods will still be relatively straight-sided. Consumers have different tastes so your market may be different than one in another community.


William H Shoemaker, UI-NRES
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
St Charles Horticulture Research Center
535 Randall Road  St Charles, IL  60174
630-584-7254; FAX-584-4610

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