Last season I eagerly grabbed handfulls of green pods, passing over the brown, dried out looking ones. I picked three pounds of beans in less than an hour. I was quite proud of myself. When I got home my pride quickly changed to frustration as I discovered I had picked the beans too soon. It was close to impossible to open the pods and get to the beans. It took me three hours to get enough beans for a dinner for two. Well maybe it took a little less time but it certainly felt like three hours.
So this year I am waiting for the pods to turn brown and dry before I pick them, even if it means I have to wait an extra week or two.