10 Jul2005

Purple Beans

by Marketman

I found some stunning purple beans at the market yesterday, a truly unusual find. purpleI always keep my eyes peeled for that unique vegetable on offer and almost always buy some of it to encourage whichever seller is adventurous enough to stock it. Purple beans are nearly identical to the more common green beans (called Baguio beans here) except that they have a wonderful purple color, that unfortunately turns mostly green when cooked. I always viewed purple versions of green veggies to be “mutants” – purple cauliflower/broccoli, beans and cabbage, but they are essentially just different varieties of the same essential vegetable. Not sure what I am going to do with these, but isn’t it nice to know that someone actually bothers to grows, transports and sells them? Not to mention loonies like me that buy them for an outrageous PHP50 for 1/4 kilo when regular green beans go for about PHP40 for 1 kilo!



  1. Mila says:

    A suggestion that may leave the color intact – use it in a Thai papaya salad which uses raw green beans as a counterbalance to the spiciness of the peppers. That way, you don’t have to lose the gorgeous coloration. Lovely bunch you have in the photo.

    Jul 12, 2005 | 7:18 pm


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  3. Marketman says:

    Mila that sounds like a great idea. That papaya salad would look great with “shards” of purple bean. Hmmm…gotta get some green papaya ASAP. Thanks.

    Jul 12, 2005 | 8:04 pm


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