Organic Climbing French Bean. Vitalis. Phaseolus vulgaris.
Vitalis is a most beautiful tasting climbing runner bean. It has flat, long deep green pods. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor production, its slow growth produces many pods.
How to grow:
Indoor production: Sow April to June in modules. Transplant or direct sow in May and June. Harvest June to October. Pick out beans that are ready and in this way you’ll keep getting more. Select when the pods are just showing bumps but still fairly flat.
Outdoor production: Sow direct in May and June for harvest July to October.
Will need stakes to grow up, put them in before sowing the seeds. Sow three bean seeds at the bottom of each stake – strong support for them to climb up, 3 beans 3 – 4 cms deep (to keep off mice and birds) into the soil.
Allow to grow on and save your seed for next year.
Keep slugs off when young apart from that they’re mostly hassle free.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Eat the nutritious crunchy pods whole when young, they are a deliciious and highly nutritious addition to stir fries, stews and anything else you like beans in. 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.
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: 35 seeds.