Not a huge quantity of beans, I know (add in the few I picked to test their ripeness, a few days earlier), but not bad when you consider that this is the harvest from only two plants.
I have also picked all of my few "Selma Zebra" and some of the "Coco Blanc a Rames" and Borlotti.
This is about half of my crop of Borlotti. The rest are probably about a fortnight behind these. When harvesting them I look for mature pods that are cream with bright red splashes, rather than immature ones which are green with muted "wine-coloured" splashes. Also you should be able to identify individually each of the beans inside the pods. If you can't see/feel the beans they are probably not big enough to be worth harvesting.
These beans are edible now - they are at what the French call the "flageolet" stage. They are quite soft.
I shelled a few straight away just to see what they are like, though I plan to dry the rest for Winter use, just like the Cherokee ones.
The green ones at the top are Borlotti "Lingua di Fuoco"; the white ones are "Coco Blanc a Rames", and the speckled ons are "Selma Zebra".
I have still got one more treat to come - the Yin Yang beans. They're not ready for harvest yet. Oh, and by the way, the French beans and Runner beans are still continuing to produce pods at a steady rate which is just enough to provide sufficient for our use without being a glut. This is "Delinel", a dwarf French bean that produces very slender pods.