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Kentucky Wonder Pole Green Bean

Kentucky Wonder Pole Green Bean

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Kentucky Wonder

65 days (to green bean stage) — 'Kentucky Wonder' is a green pole bean with seven to nine inch long, fleshy (rather coarse), fiberless pods that can be slightly stringy. They are curved, somewhat S-shaped, broad-oval and crease-backed in cross section, rough, wrinkled, with seeds filling to the tip and edge but not crowded. Very reliable, early maturing, and productive. An old favorite enjoyed fresh, canned, frozen or dried. Its buffy-brown seeds can also be used dry as an excellent baking bean.

Although this variety is now almost exclusively known as 'Kentucky Wonder', it is a very old heirloom that has been known by many other synonyms over the decades. Some of its other common names included, 'American Sickle Pole', 'Eastern Wonder', 'Egg Harbor', 'Georgia Monstrous Pole', 'Improved Southern Prolific', 'Missouri Prolific', 'Old Homestead Pole' and 'Texas Pole'.[1]

This popular variety was grown throughout the South by the 1850s and first mentioned in publication in an 1864 edition of "Country Gentleman" magazine under the name, 'Texas Pole'.[1] James J. H. Gregory & Sons released it commercially as 'Kentucky Wonder' in 1877. Under this name or one of its many synonyms, it has been one of the most popular green beans of all time. Each ounce is approximately 75 seeds.
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Informational References:
  1. "Beans of New York: Being Vol. 1 - Part II of Vegetables of New York," U. P. Hedrick, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, 1931, p. 25.
  2. "American Varieties of Garden Beans," W. W. Tracy, Jr., USDA Bureau of Plant Industry, Washington, D.C., Bulletin 109, pg. 118.