Originally from the Netherlands in the late 1700’s and then spread across Europe as the Merveille de Piemonte. Sought after by chefs and restaurants, this stringless, bush variety produces delicious, tender,juicy, nutty flavoured 6-7″ cream coloured beans with bright redish purple stripes. One of the most versatile beans there is, as a fresh pod or a dry soup bean. Dry beans are a light to medium brown with purplish blue brown markings if left to mature on plant.
Sow seeds 1″ deep, 12-16″ apart in full sun when ground is warm and all chance of frost has past. Requires sufficient spacing for colours to be more pronounced. Fresh beans are ready for harvest when the bean turns from green to cream coloured with bright red purple markings.For dry beans, wait for pod to dry on plant. Benefits from compost amended soil.