Bean, Scarlet Runner (Phaseolus coccineus), packet of 7 seeds, organic

$2.95

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.

(Scarlet Emperor Bean, Scarlet Runner Bean or Bean, Scarlet Runner)  Heirloom originating prior to the year 1750. Native to Mexico and Central America. The showy, bright-scarlet flowers grow in profuse clumps, one-upped only by the mature, magically varicolored beans themselves (violet-black with rosy spots, weighing over a gram each, enough to turn the head of Jack-in-the-beanstalk). The green beans, the dried beans, and the tuberous root are all edible.  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 before 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.

7 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Tim

    What are some of the ways the tubers of this bean can be best prepared?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Wash, slice thinly and oven-fry like making homemade french fries. Gummy, sweet and yummy.

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    Tim

    Just curious are the tubers produced during the first year of growth like a sweet potato or do they take a couple of years?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      The plant needs to produce the tuber in the first year in order to overwinter.

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    Tim Child

    In the description for the Scarlet Runner Bean it says that there are edible tuberous roots. What do these roots look like, how big are they, and when is the best time to harvest them?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Tim,
      Like most roots pf perennials the harvest is during dormancy. they look like a sweet potato.

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