Gold of Bacau

August 17, 2010 · Filed Under Featured Plant, Seed Saving 

This bean I’m growing this year came from Søren, called Gold of Bacău.  Søren gave me the seeds two years ago, but last year I only grew it in order to save more seeds.  This year I’m growing it to eat, and the glut has begun!  I have 6 poles of this bean, and it’s more than the 2 of us can eat especially considering we’re growing other beans too.  It was pretty much my earliest pole bean, of the roughly 20 varieties I have this year.  Most of the others I’m growing for seeds or as a trial.

It’s a Romanian bean.  It has a very nice taste.  I’m not a big fan of wax beans, and the taste of this is really something different.  The texture is very soft, but still crisp and not mushy.  Mostly the beans are yellow, but as you can see in the picture sometimes they are a little streaked with green, probably because I picked them a little early.  They mature from green to yellow.

This bean will become a regular feature of my garden, at least for now.  I will certainly want to grow it again.  Does anyone know of other similar beans?  It might be nice to compare and contrast them.

Update:  Someone asked me what the seeds look like.  Here’s a picture:

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7 Responses to “Gold of Bacau”

  1. The Allotment Blogger on August 28th, 2010 20:22

    That looks like an interesting bean – we don’t grow as many varieties of wax bean in the UK as some other places but there is a yellow variety called heirloom gold that quite a few people are growing this year and that seems to have held up well to our strange summer.

  2. Patrick on September 1st, 2010 10:08

    Hi AB,

    Heirloom Gold is probably similar to what I have, thanks! I’m going to look into that variety and see if I can find out more about it.

  3. Chicky Girl on March 24th, 2011 19:04

    Hi. I’ve been growing and seed saving the Gold of Bacau for 3 years now, and am more than happy with it after trying several different pole bean varieties for eating fresh. This is in Zone 3. They mature here, believe it or not, as long as I sprout them slightly in the house first.

    I agree with you, it is very nice indeed!

  4. There will be bluebells all over… | Gardening news on April 15th, 2011 23:03

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  5. There will be bluebells all over… | Better Gardening Tips on April 16th, 2011 5:51

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  6. Red, gold and greens | Better Gardening Tips on August 8th, 2011 19:26

    […] year, staggering the wigwams, avoiding a bean avalanche. But we reckoned without the abundance of Gold of Bacau, the Romanian yellow pole pod from seed saved and donated by Pat at Bifurcated […]

  7. Red, gold and greens | The Garden of Princess Aileen 心灵的驿站 on January 16th, 2012 12:01

    […] year, staggering the wigwams, avoiding a bean avalanche. But we reckoned without the abundance of Gold of Bacau, the Romanian yellow pole pod from seed saved and donated by Pat at Bifurcated […]

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