|Project by mpounders||posted 05-20-2014 04:01 AM||1261 views||4 times favorited||25 comments|
Rattlesnake beans are an “heirloom” variety of green beans. You know you are getting old when things you used to eat are now heirlooms! Mama cooked these in an iron pot with an unhealthy amount of grease, but her church always asked if she would bring her beans whenever they had a potluck. I would rather have a plate of these with a little cornbread and a bit of onion than any other meal on earth! But you don’t get rattlesnake beans out of a can…...you have to pick them and then you have to snap them. Snapping beans is not a difficult job; you get to sit in the shade, it’s easy enough for even kids to help, and you usually sit around with a group of people to get it finished. It’s relaxing. I remember helping my granny and mama and others and snapping beans never seemed like work. But if you enjoy the company you keep, the work always does seem easier.
I hope this carving reminds you of times with your family, of a home-cooked meal that you can almost smell. I hope you can taste your own memories of rattlesnake beans! Thanks for looking!
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com