This year I really did beans right-- plenty of poles and trellises and wire for them to climb, a good composty spot with lots of sunshine and regular watering. Well I planted a whole bunch of varieties and now I'm ready for a mid-summer review. First out of the chute: Spanish Musica Beans These long, flat beans were the first to start producing. Their taste is meatier than that of a regular green bean, and their texture delightfully complex, really a gourmet treat. What's more, I've tried to keep the vines picked and they are still vigorously producing. Gotta boil the hell out of them, even overcook them, because otherwise they have this tough inner core. Cooked right, thumbs way up. About a week later, the next vines to start beaning were: Yellow Pole Wax Beans Although the yellow color of these beans is pretty enough, the vines were never that prolific. That's ok because the beans didn't taste very good. Never again! About two weeks after that: the Purple Peacock Beans (from the same tricolor seed packet) The bright purple color of these beans makes them easy to spot among the veggie jungle, and it's such a pleasing color. The purple color doubles as an indicator so you can tell when the bean's sufficiently cooked, since it turns green when blanched. Wow! It's like genetically engineered convenience. Plus the beans are tasty and prolific beyond any expectation I had. Totally awesome all the way around. Just this past week: 1) Blue Lake Pole Beans (from the same tricolor seed packet) Totally normal, average pole beans. Less prolific than Purple Peacock, normal in every respect. Ho hum. 2) Yard-long asparagus beans I love these beans! Gotta pick them almost every day, they grow so fast. And really just a few beans per person is all you need. They did take awhile to get going but now that they are, it's a delight. Still haven't beaned yet: purple hyacinth beans. Has anyone tried eating them? I'm just growing them as an ornamental, but I hear they're edible. What bean varieties are you growing? Would you recommend any of them, or have any that you wouldn't grow again?