Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600678


Dry beans, such as kidney beans, navy pea beans,
garbanzo beans (chickpeas), black-eye peas etc., should be
harvested when pods are dry, brittle and brown and the
beans are hard and have their characteristic coloration.
An easy way to tell when beans are mature enough to be
picked is to wait until the pods start to shatter or split
open. If pods are leathery, the beans are not ready to

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