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Old December 5, 2016   #1
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Default If you like Dragon Tongue..

We've been growing Dragon Tongue bush beans for a few years now and just love them (for fresh eating). We had grown Blue Lake 274 previously (and still do), but Dragon Tongue fills the bulk of our bean patch now days. It has got me wondering, is there another bush bean for fresh eating that I need to try? Along the lines of if you like Dragon Tongue, then you've really gotta try...........?
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Old December 5, 2016   #2
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I found Dragon Tongue to be tough but maybe I waited too long to pick them?
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Old December 5, 2016   #3
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I haven't tried Dragon Tongue, but I really like Provider bush beans. They have a big flush, then they are gone, then they come back later in the season!

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Old December 5, 2016   #4
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Strike is the variety that my family has always grown for market. Typically, market growers will grow Contender, because it makes a bigger bean, but they are not nearly as tender as Strike.
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Old December 8, 2016   #5
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I grew two different wax beans last year, Dragon Tongue (DT) and Mervaviglia di Venezia (MDV). I liked both. The MDV tolerated the heat better in the summer in Delaware and the beans were a little more tender and sweet. The DT took off when our night-time temperatures finally dropped in September. The MDV didn't like the cold and withered. The DT were very pretty beans. They were both about the same size. I will grow them both again just so I will have a longer season to harvest. I like to sauté them lightly for a quick brunch with eggs, sometimes tossing in some other veggies (peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms).
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Old December 19, 2016   #6
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I've trialed hundreds of bush beans, with only a few that I REALLY like. Dragon Tongue is one of them.

Contender is the worst tasting bean I've ever trialed.

To me, pole beans generally have much better flavor, with flat podded "romano" types being my favorites.

The best new trial in my 2016 garden was an unknown variety of a "stickless wonder" type bush yardlong bean (20" plants with 19" (dry) pods).
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