Kentucky Wonder Beans grow in 6 to 8 inch (15 to 20 cm) long, slightly-curved, silvery green, somewhat flattened pods.
The pods grow in clusters, making them easy to harvest. They are also “rustproof.”
Depending on when Kentucky Wonder Beans are harvested, the beans can be used as a green bean, a shelling bean, and a drying bean.
When young it is a stringless green bean with good flavour, it develops a string as it matures.
When dried, the beans are brown inside.
Many sub-varieties have arisen over the years.
Freezes well. Many people swear by these for home pressure canning, but younger are better as more mature ones can be stringy.
Kentucky Wonder Beans were introduced in Kentucky before 1864 as “Texas Pole”. Renamed in 1877 by James J.H. Gregory of Marblehead, Massachusetts.