Connecticut Wonder Bean
Mother (Nature) knew best when it came to this family heirloom favorite: The original steward, Reverend Frank Abbott, told his granddaughter, Deborah, that the beans were a “gift from the bees” a result of cross-pollinated plants in his Bolton, Connecticut, garden, sometime prior to 1919. He named the new variety Connecticut Wonder and believed it was a cross between Kentucky Wax and Cranberry Pole beans. In the mid-1970s, Deborah gave the seeds to John Withee, who donated them to Seed Savers Exchange in 1981. The pods are sweet, juicy, and slightly stringy. The strong climber grows white flowers and green pods that mature to pale yellow and contain large, shiny, dark-brown, kidney-shaped seeds. Pole habit, snap. 60-70 days.
- From the Collection
- Snap bean, Pole habit
- 60-70 days
Ratings & Reviews
Prolific, but not that tasty
These beans are incredibly easy to grow, and quite productive. I planted them as part of a "3 sisters" plot, and they grew so much so fast that the corn wasn't yet big enough to provide adequate support, so many of our poor corn stalks grew at odd angles.
The reasons I wouldn't grow these again: 1. The time between when they are ready to eat as a green bean, and transforming into a shelling bean, is so short we could never find enough smaller pods for a meal; 2. They just didn't taste all that good. Not bad, just not good enough to justify planting them again.