- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
Flowerbug, I am very curious about this Purple Dove bean. You seem to have a very special attachment to it. What is it about Purple Dove that makes it such a compelling bean for you to grow?
if you search on the name here you'll see a lot of my previous cheerleading. it's a wonderful bean (search the bean threads back to 2018).
i got it from @Bluejay77 as a dry bean, but the first season i planted it i tried eating a few fresh off the plant and really liked the flavor so the next year i grew enough to cook some up. yes, it was delicious as a fresh cooked/steamed bean plus the dry beans are also good (mild pinto flavor, smaller bean so they cook faster).
plus i like the plant itself, dark leaves, purple flowers, bush habit. does well in about any garden here (i have a mix of soil types but most of my gardens are almost all clay as the base soil type - which does get amended as i can grow or find materials to add).
they also finish pretty quickly. first flowers seem to come in about 5-6 weeks depending upon the weather.
it is our main fresh eating bean.
the only downside to them i've found so far is that they are Japanese Beetle magnets, but even with getting chewed up pretty well the plants still seem to get a good crop (sometimes i can pick off the beetles before they've done a lot of damage and other times i'm too busy and don't get them all). someone else might consider the small size of the seeds as a downside but i'm ok with them as they are - they cook up quicker than larger beans and their flavor and texture is great. i have about 8lbs on hand right now from the past few years of growing them. we'll eat them eventually if they don't get given away as samples.
i've now given out hundreds of samples and we've eaten many lbs of fresh beans and also many more lbs cooked up from dry beans (oh and we've also eaten some cooked from the shelly stage which were also good eating).