The pole bean has become one of my favourite plants. It provides privacy in the yard by growing bushy and tall, has beautiful long lasting flowers and produces a lot of beans. Letting the beans get too big will leave you with an unpleasant taste and texture. The smaller size makes a tastier bean. I microwave them for 3 minutes then eat it on home made rye bread toasted with a bit of butter. This is my kind of supper when the B man isn't around. My kids won't eat anything I make anyway although daughter younger likes to harvest the beans.