Organic Bean, French dwarf: Purple Teepee

Organic Bean, French dwarf: Purple Teepee

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Description

Organic French Dwarf Bean: Purple Teepee. Phaseolus vulgaris.

A mid early variety of beautiful purple pods. Successional picking prolongs its productive season, as does successional sowing. Pods are around 13cms long, the plant about 55cms high, no need to stake, but protect from the wind, especially when they’re starting out.

How to grow:
Start them in pots in April and plant out in May. Or sow direct outside in May, 2 seeds, 5cms deep, 20cms apart and thin out.

Problem solving:
I’m convinced that 10 years ago it wasn’t as windy as it is now, so if they’re in a windy position give them some shelter.
Of course slugs love them, you can pick slugs and snails off in the evening, encourage thrushes and blackbirds or there’s a natural nematode that we now have onsite. You can tell if you have it by looking at a lot of your young slugs – the infected ones are a milky colour, they’re kind of lumpy and they behave oddly, travelling out when it’s dry. I’ll not go into detail but these die. Any large slugs you have aren’t affected by this nematode, so later in the year you can dispatch large numbers of them, however don’t be tempted to get rid of them all or you’ll starve your nematode. At the seed centre we have a natural balance pretty much and don’t mind the slugs and the occasional loss.

Favourite ways to eat them:
Eat the whole bean, the younger you pick them the more tender they are. Amazing in salads where this variety will add colour. or lightly steamed (once cooked they turn dark green) drizzled with olive oil and salted. A fabulous addition to stir fries and stews. The combination of beans and rice is well known worldwide, the combination makes up a complete or whole protein – defined as a food source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of each of the nine essential amino acids necessary in the human diet. Perfect if you’re vegan.
Beans can be frozen for use later, blanch first.

Cultural history:
An ancient crop, one of the oldest we cultivated. Originating from the south and central Americas, it has been grown in Europe since the 16th century.

Avg contents:  50 seeds.

Additional information

Weight 0.017 g
Dimensions 13 × 8 × 1.5 cm

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