Emerite pole beans are my favorite green bean to grow. I’ve grown them since discovering them more than ten years ago, even though it seems harder each year to find seed companies that carry them (I’ve kept a few each year, but we eat most of them, so it’s hard to remember to let some grow to seed-saving stage!).
This is a mystery to me- why don’t more people grow these beans? I’ve tried many others, including the mainstays of Kentucky and Blue Lake (and Kentucky Blue cross)- but I’ve found them to be stringy and tough with inconsistent production, at least where I live.
I sure don’t want to keep this great bean a secret and I’d love to have more people growing it, so I thought I’d do my part and share with you the reasons why I love Emerite pole beans (and where you can find seed if you’d like to try them):
1. The are a “filet” type bean- but unlike the small bush types you may be used to! These beans can be picked at all stages– the 4-inch thin filet style (which is great at the beginning of the season when you can’t wait for the first beans!), all the way up to a mature 7 to 8-inch round bean.
2. Because they are a filet, they are never stringy or tough– even when they’ve been left to mature to a large bean. Never.
4. They may slow down after the large main harvest, even losing a lot of leaves in the hot last days of August like the photo above- but don’t give up on them! As soon as the weather turns “fall-ish” with cooler temps and some rain, they will start leafing out again and producing flowers and beans- all the way until the first frost.
And I LOVE eating fresh green beans in October.
And looking at these bush beans bring me to my last reason, which isn’t limited to Emerite, but all pole beans, I guess-
5. They are so much easier to pick than bush beans! Umm, do you like to hunch over, struggling to find the ripe beans on a 2-foot tall plant- often damaging the plant in the process – or stand up and pluck the beans you can easily see are ready and hanging almost at eye level? That’s a no-brainer for me, especially with my creaky back.
Shoot, now I remember another reason I like pole beans better than bush, which totally ruins my goal of keeping to five reasons...
6. I only have to plant pole beans once. No succession planting is needed like with bush beans. It’s true that poles take a little longer to start producing, so I do plant a few bush beans at the same time to give us the earlies, but there’s just no comparison to the longevity of poles.
While you think about it, I’m going to pick another basket of beans for tonight’s dinner.*smile*