Bean, Jack in the Beanstalk Runner (Phaseolus coccineus var. albus), packet of 3 seeds, organic


Family: Legume (Fabaceae)

Zone 9 to 12, a tuberous-rooted perennial vine.  Grown as an annual in Zones 8 and under, 90 days to maturity.

Heirloom that originated in Poland. Flattened pods much like Lima Beans yield large, white, flattened seeds.  Vines with extreme vigor to 30 feet.  May be grown up a cage like a pole bean, or allowed to sprangle.  Large, showy, white flowers give way to beans that are edible in snap stage or dried to use as a soup bean.    Cultivation: Very, very fun and a good activity for kids. Germination like a small earthquake. Direct seed in a richly composted hill in the early spring. For seed production get an early start, sowing just after the last frost of spring. Provide trellis or grow on the corn. Will run on the ground if not trellised, but for ease of picking, and a good, dry pod in the end, trellis.  Pods are flattened when unripe and when ripe, inflate like crescent moon pillows.

3 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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    Can you speak to the flavor of these runner type beans (both as green beans as well as dried soup beans)? Of these varieties, do you have favorite in flavor? I love your website and all the unusual varieties! Thank you for sharing all these great offerings. 🙂

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Jennifer, Thank you, I’ve been thinking about this, too, so did a test this year. the tastiest bean i grew was cherokee trail of tears which is not a runner. the runners tend to be stringier as a green bean and bland as a soup bean. These are best when in when in swollen, green stage. Remove from pod and stir-fry with veggies until all is tender. r

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