Are these beans Romano's?

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Are these beans Romano's?

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Post: # 32158Unread post Whwoz
Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:20 am

Here Down Under we do not have the heritage and diversity of beans that you folks in the Americas have. Indeed our classification of them is basically limited to green snaps, butter or wax types and those for dry use. To read all the comments on the various types you folks have leaves me feeling that we are a bit short changed down here...

Anyway I have been picking up a few different beans from one of our local green grocers lately, rather than the usual round green and butter snap types they have begun selling a large flat type.
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The boards they are lying on are 4 inches across, so longest one is pushing a foot long. Of course I start wondering what they are, and asking at the greengrocers tells me nothing other than "Flat Beans" is on the box. So I have no info about them and some comments in other threads that makes me think they might be Romano types, which they look like from what photos I've seen. Anyone able to comment on my thoughts re grouping?
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:13 am

I would classify them as a romano, but mine don't get nearly that long and stay that flat. If mine get to 6" they usually have seeds ready to harvest. that said i always grow bush beans and not pole beans. Pole beans might have a totally different variety and length available.
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:03 am

Thank you @Clkeiper. Now to track them down. Ones around the size of the shorter beans are about standard for what I have seen in the boxes. No retail seed companies have anything of that size listed that I can see.
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:26 pm

looks like romano beans to me too.
the romano type bean is flat, broad, and can get pretty long.
i grow two kinds most years, a bush bean that might be jembo
according to gary (tormato), and one that came to me as grandma gina
a pole bean. grandma gina produces one of the largest beans i have ever seen.
pods are broad, and probably up to a foot long, though i have never measured them,
maybe should just to see. my uncle steve bean is flat, but i don't know if i would call it
a romano type bean or not. romano beans cook up nice and tender.
too bad about seed availability. many here would send you seeds, if they had a chance of
getting there. good luck on your seed search.


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Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:36 pm

Flat, wide, long, and green. Meets all the requirements of a "Romano" type, to me, in a picture. But, I can't taste the picture.

There is such a bean that seems to be shipped worldwide in fishnet bags. Someone posted a pic at one of the sites I visit. The tag on the bag had the variety name. I can't remember the site or the bean's name, for now.
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Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:41 pm

rxkeith wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:26 pm
looks like romano beans to me too.
the romano type bean is flat, broad, and can get pretty long.
i grow two kinds most years, a bush bean that might be jembo
according to gary (tormato), and one that came to me as grandma gina
a pole bean. grandma gina produces one of the largest beans i have ever seen.
pods are broad, and probably up to a foot long, though i have never measured them,
maybe should just to see. my uncle steve bean is flat, but i don't know if i would call it
a romano type bean or not. romano beans cook up nice and tender.
too bad about seed availability. many here would send you seeds, if they had a chance of
getting there. good luck on your seed search.


keith
Jumbo (also spelled Jembo?) is listed as a bush bean. In really good soil with, really good weather, it can get to 4-5 feet tall. It doesn't twine much at all, just kind of shoots upward, and then an uncontrolled outward.
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Sun Oct 11, 2020 3:57 pm

What ever they are I could eat a whole bucket of them right now.
I love flat beans.
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Post: # 32241Unread post Whwoz
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:22 pm

Thanks for the information folks, was able to order a couple of varieties last night, but most sites that list Romano's have sold out of them. Still not many sites listing probably 4 or 5 varieties between them.

Taste wise, they are a lot better than the tasteless round beans we buy commercially here. Have ordered a number of other varieties I have been meaning to try plus will plant some of our usual beans for a taste comparison season.

@rxkeith, have been following your aunty ginny x uncle Steve thread with interest, looking forward to seeing what you finish up with
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Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:08 am

I wonder if you tried to pick out few pods at the grocers that looked filled out, and then let them dry, whether you could rescue viable seeds . . .
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Post: # 32247Unread post GoDawgs
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:53 am

You've already ordered beans but just out of curiosity, the next time you see those fresh ones at the store, ask the grocer guy if you can see the box they came in if he has one in the back. It might have the grower on it so you to search for their website. Then you can e-mail them and ask what variety they use. I've done that before and while a few never responded, some have.
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Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:05 pm

Can you get Roman or cranberry beanie at the store to cook and eat

If so this is a good seed source.
Thay are large flat beans.
Also several out of Peru and Chile.
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Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:21 pm

PhilaGardener wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:08 am
I wonder if you tried to pick out few pods at the grocers that looked filled out, and then let them dry, whether you could rescue viable seeds . . .
Have thought about this but even in the most filled pods I have seen so far, they look no where near ready. May try planting fresh with out drying when soil warms up a bit more. Or put some on the heat pad
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Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:22 pm

GoDawgs wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:53 am
You've already ordered beans but just out of curiosity, the next time you see those fresh ones at the store, ask the grocer guy if you can see the box they came in if he has one in the back. It might have the grower on it so you to search for their website. Then you can e-mail them and ask what variety they use. I've done that before and while a few never responded, some have.
Will do, had not thought of that
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Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:23 pm

worth1 wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:05 pm
Can you get Roman or cranberry beanie at the store to cook and eat

If so this is a good seed source.
Thay are large flat beans.
Also several out of Peru and Chile.
No, very limited selection here
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Post: # 32276Unread post PlainJane
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:30 pm

Yep. Romanos. To me they have more ‘bean’ flavor than filet types.
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:24 pm

Whwoz wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:23 pm
worth1 wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:05 pm
Can you get Roman or cranberry beanie at the store to cook and eat

If so this is a good seed source.
Thay are large flat beans.
Also several out of Peru and Chile.
No, very limited selection here
Perhaps I can send you a piece of doll house furniture, in the form of a miniature 1970's bean bag chair. Would that pass customs? ;)
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:31 pm

Don't know
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