Bean Plants
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shell bean pods appear moldy

Zone Southwest Connecticut | Birdynut added on November 3, 2017 | Answered

Many of my pole beans grew too big to eat green, so I left them on the plant to become shell beans. I notice that now many of the dried pods are moldy looking. Are the beans inside, that appear to be fine, safe to eat or to save for later use?

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BushDoctor
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Answered on November 3, 2017

Here is an article that has a few tips for getting the best crop: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/tips-for-growing-beans.htm

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BushDoctor
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Answered on November 3, 2017

They are safe to cook, but may be unsightly. This is a natural process, and is no cause for concern. In the future, if you do suspect a soil infection, it is good to put wettable sulfur into the soil with dolomitic lime to improve the soil zone, and kill off any infections.

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