In our garden we grow two types of green beans. The green kind and the purple kind.
I enjoy the purple beans for their interesting appearance and their delicate flavor. These are my favorite beans to eat raw or slightly cooked. This year we had a few more than we could eat before they went bad, so I had to can some of the crop.
The thing about purple beans is they are a little bit magic. Not magic like grow a stalk up to the land of the giants, but magic as in their own right.
I started with a big basket of purple beans and snapped them like normal.
Look how beautiful these beans are snapped! I love the contrast of the green and purple.
But when I pull them out of the canner 30 minutes later, they looked just like regular old green beans.
It's actually a kind of disappointing magic trick.
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