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.
This soup bean was brought to North America from Austria in the 1870’s by the Hutterite Christians. This delicious creamy, buttery flavored bean is great for soups. This plant is a bush variety but can grow up to 3′ tall, typically not requiring support. Heavy producer, with pods reaching 7″ long and up to 7 beans per pod.
Sow seeds directly outdoors in full sun 1″ deep, and space 6″ apart, after all chance of frost has past and ground is warm. Do not over fertilize or plant will produce heavy foliage with few flowers/pods.
Originally know as New Green Bush Bean, then renamed at the turn of the century. This heavy producer of delicious, crisp, stringless, 6″ beans is great for canning and is easy to grow in any garden.
Sow seed 1″ deep 2″ apart in full sun, when ground is warm and all chance of frost has past. Thin to 6-8″. Over fertilizing will result in excessive foliage and low and delayed fruit production. Sowing seeds every couple of weeks will enable harvesting throughout the season.