Arnold Acres

Welcome to Arnold Acres, which is located near Syracuse, Nebraska!

We are passionate about growing healthy foods in a sustainable manner. We grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and produce our own jams and jellies! In addition, we provide Edible Landscaping Services, Tree and Shrub Pruning, and Windbreak Planning and Planting Services.

Larry has had a passion for growing things since he was a young boy, in this mother's garden. He has more than thirty years of experience in the field of soil science with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. He is pursuing his passion to provide healthy food to local communities using sustainable methods. Mary Kay is the creative one! She loves making jellies and jams in our kitchen from the fruits of our combined labors.

Stop by and visit with us at a Farmer's Market near you! Come to see and taste for yourself, how Healthy Soil = Healthy Food!

The Adaptable and Diverse Green Bean

There probably is not another vegetable that is as widely grown worldwide and has so many varieties as the bean.  Worldwide there are over 40,000 varieties of beans.  This would include 3 different types of beans; pod beans, horticultural beans, and shell beans.  In this feature article, we are going to talk about the local favorite green bean, which is a pod bean.

The genus-species for the green bean is Phaseolus Vulgaris. Besides green beans they are also called string beans, snap beans, bush beans, and pole beans.  Green beans grow in low bushes and also on long runners called pole beans. They are harvested and used before the bean matures in the pod, unlike pinto and navy beans which are shell beans.  You will see these beans in green, purple, yellow, red, or streaked colors.
There is an obvious reason why these beans have been called string beans in the past.  Before the string was bred out of them, the bean had a fibrous thread along the seam that made it difficult to chew and digest.  The first stringless green bean was bred in 1894 in New York.  It must have taken a while for the stringless variety to take hold as I can remember that tough thread in the green beans my grandmother used to feed us when I was a kid.  She also let the beans grow too big inside the pod which I also disliked.  Not until I was an adult did I grow to love green beans with small to no beans in the pods and no fibrous thread on the seams.

The green bean originated in Peru.  Spanish explorers introduced them to Europe, and traders then introduced them to North America.  They have been around for a long, long time.  Most all cultures consume green beans.  China is by far the biggest consumer and grower of green beans.

Green beans are high in fiber, low in calories, have no cholesterol, have 6-11% protein by weight, and also have valuable vitamins and minerals in them.  They can be eaten raw, grilled, steamed, boiled, stir-fried, baked in casseroles, and pickled.  A favorite Thanksgiving dish is the famous green bean casserole.

For more information about growing vegetables in Nebraska go to the following website:
https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/douglas-sarpy/pdfs/ce/resources/ce-g1896-selected-vegetable-cultivars-for-nebraska.pdf

One trivia question about beans before I end though; What English Fairy Tale featured a seed of and another part of a bean plant?

Arnold Acres 2020

Wow, have these been unprecedented times we are living in! It seems like the fall and winter went by fast, and here we are in spring and we are in the middle of a  pandemic.  I hope and pray that everyone is doing well and you are all social distancing and doing what needs to be done to slow the pandemic and keep everyone safe..................
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