Asked on Sep 02, 2016

Is "rust" on green beans bad to eat?

Helen Carlson
by Helen Carlson
Some of the green beans from our garden have dark brown spots on them. Are they bad to eat?
  9 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 04, 2016
    Rust spots on green beans are a sign of bacterial and fungal disease. It would be in your best interest not to eat them.

  • Sheryl Moore Sheryl Moore on Sep 04, 2016
    just cut the brown off and go ahead and eat I did it for years.

  • Ray Phillips Ray Phillips on Sep 04, 2016
    agree with Sheryl just cut the dark spots off and eat just add bacon for better taste.

  • Mary Coakley Mary Coakley on Sep 04, 2016
    Yes I would not eat it obviously there is a problem,you could put it in your compost rather than waste it.

    • Bob Sgle Bob Sgle on Sep 04, 2016
      I disagree with putting it in y compost. If it' a fungus. Trash it.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 04, 2016
    Please for all of you that have responded,check the website...they are not edible....

  • Tina Tina on Sep 04, 2016
    Rust is caused by touching beans or leaves while wet or damp , pick only when dry. Still eatable cut off rust spots. There are two things beans can get and that is powdery mildew ( beans still can be eaten) next is blight. pull plants place in a plastic bag and add to garbage pickup. do not put in compost pile. blight is when leaves start curling and drying up.

  • Kid Kid on Sep 05, 2016
    Bean rust is caused by the fungus Uromyces appendiculatus you could eat them they might taste off here is a link with more information.

  • Mary Coakley Mary Coakley on Sep 05, 2016
    Hi Bob you might just be correct if rust is a fungus,,do not know if it is,better be sure than sorry,compost takes a while.

  • Helen Carlson Helen Carlson on Sep 05, 2016
    Thanks for all of your help! Even though we believe the spots came from water on the beans, we still decided not to eat them. Better safe than sorry!