Gold of Bacau

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:

7 thoughts on “Gold of Bacau”

  1. 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. 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. 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!

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