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White Rose

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Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Thu, 12/21/06 8:53 PM (permalink)
Hi, everyone!

Does anyone have an online source for Kentucky Wonder green beans? I’ve searched high and low (by means of Google) and have found plenty of sources for seed, but not for the harvested product itself.

I live in Phoenix, and the closest thing I’ve found to “good” green beans is the Blue Lake packages that Trader Joe’s has. They’re good, but I’d love to get some Kentucky Wonders. The things the local supermarkets have to offer are small, skinny, puny things. Very disappointing.
 
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    Adjudicator

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    RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Thu, 12/21/06 9:00 PM (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by White Rose

    Hi, everyone!

    Does anyone have an online source for Kentucky Wonder green beans? I’ve searched high and low (by means of Google) and have found plenty of sources for seed, but not for the harvested product itself.

    I live in Phoenix, and the closest thing I’ve found to “good” green beans is the Blue Lake packages that Trader Joe’s has. They’re good, but I’d love to get some Kentucky Wonders. The things the local supermarkets have to offer are small, skinny, puny things. Very disappointing.



    Assuming you are looking for "fresh" beans / produce ???
     
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      White Rose

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      RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Thu, 12/21/06 9:01 PM (permalink)
      Yes, indeed.
       
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        White Rose

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        RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Tue, 12/26/06 3:32 PM (permalink)
        No sources? I guess they're rarer than I thought.
         
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          mayor al

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          RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Tue, 12/26/06 3:49 PM (permalink)

          This time of year they are scarce. In July you find them at all the local produce stands in this area !! Have you considered growing some? We did quite well over in the High Desert of SoCal for several seasons.
          AL
           
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            White Rose

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            RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Sat, 03/1/08 2:48 AM (permalink)
            Still no sources for Kentucky Wonders? I'm beginning to (Kentucky) wonder if these mythical beans actually exist. Very frustrating. :-)
             
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              pamelakrest

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              RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Sat, 03/1/08 4:39 AM (permalink)
              I would try your local farmer's market or maybe even try a local produce company. The catch might be that you have to buy a whole box though.
              Pamela
               
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                White Rose

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                RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Sat, 03/1/08 4:51 AM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by pamelakrest

                I would try your local farmer's market or maybe even try a local produce company. The catch might be that you have to buy a whole box though.
                Pamela



                Thank you, Pamela! I'd gladly buy a box or two, if only because KWs are few and far between here in Arizona. Thanks so much for your response.
                 
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                  jman

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                  RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Sat, 03/1/08 7:48 AM (permalink)
                  These aren't fresh, but you can get canned Kentucky Wonders at Walmart. They are packaged under the Allen name and come in the size that's next up from a typical vegetable can and they also carry them in the large commercial size. I think they call them Italian, but the can will have the map of Kentucky with the words "Kentucky Wonders" inside the map.

                  If you fix them right, the taste will be very close to fresh. Cook them with onion, fatback, salt and pepper and they come out purty darn good. I haven't bought fresh beans for years. I still get compliments on them whenever I serve them.

                  Here's a link in case your local Walmart doesn't carry them.

                  http://store.allencanning.com/prod_det.asp?ProdID=102
                   
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                    leethebard

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                    RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Sat, 03/1/08 8:51 AM (permalink)
                    Are Kentucky Wonders the same as Italian green beans???
                     
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                      brittneal

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                      RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Sat, 03/1/08 8:56 AM (permalink)
                      Here in Ohio our markets carry all sorts. Its common to see runners, half runners, pole beans and the anemic greeen beans at the same time. Some of the runners are monsters.
                      I made a mistake at first cooking them like green beans(7min. and cold shock). They were woody and stringy.
                      Cooked with ham for hours makes them wonderful. Especially the long flat ones. They a bean as big as a peanut!
                      Again the local beans at harvest time are awesome.
                      britt
                       
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                        jman

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                        RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Sat, 03/1/08 10:40 AM (permalink)
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by leethebard

                        Are Kentucky Wonders the same as Italian green beans???


                        Well, Allen calls them "Italian cut". I'm not real sure what that means. KW are a wide, flat pod with fairly small pale beans. They're very tender.
                         
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                          White Rose

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                          RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Fri, 03/7/08 9:50 PM (permalink)
                          jman and brittneal:

                          I've had misserably bad luck vis-a-vis green beans here in our Phoenix farmers' markets. On the other hand, I've discovered and experienced the most flavorful citrus on the planet. So, six of one . . .

                          Thank you both for your recomendations and observations; I appreciate them more than you know. jman: I ordered a case of the green beans from your link (and recieved the case yesterday); cooked them with onions, garlic, and bacon grease; and tossed them with a tiny bit of butter. The result?: you are now in my will and shall inherit all my wealth. Thank you SO MUCH for that link!





                           
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                            WillieBoy

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                            RE: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans--Source? Sun, 05/25/08 5:36 PM (permalink)
                            This is about 3 months too late but I'd like to comment. I'm a plant breeder and I'm thinking that Kentucky Wonders are probably not adapted to your area. I checked the University trials run in Arizona and thet aren't growing KWs (although there may be a related variety). Anyway, that means the freshest you can get is the packaged stuff from out of state.

                            If you want to check out what is there and who sells it, try roaming around a little in this website:
                            http://cals.arizona.edu/extension/cropproduction

                            WB
                             
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