|Scarlet runner beans growing up sunflower stalks|
While exploring and tasting the garden, some of our students noticed the dried, brown pods hanging from their sunflower poles. The kids were certain that what we were seeing was "dead peas". Hmmm, I wondered, perhaps we should harvest and take a look inside...
I wish I could have recorded the 'oohs' and 'aaahs' that were exclaimed as we opened the bean pods.
Beautiful, brightly colored beans emerged from very "dead-looking" pods and truly enchanted the children. The bright pink, purple and navy blue colors were unexpected to find inside such a dull wrapper.
And with this kind of excitement generated by the harvesting of bean pods, we must truly proclaim them "Magic Beans".
|Scarlet runner beans!|