I’ll be growing the following beans this year.
Broad bean Medes is said to be a delicious variety which produces a good yield of mid sized pods, and has also been given an RHS Award of Garden Merit. It’s also notable for having all white flowers rather than the more usual white and black ones.
Broad bean Crimson Flour’d is a 18th century variety that has fragrant deep red flowers, and small upright green pods. Georgie very kindly sent me a handful of these unusual heritage seeds. If they grow okay then I shall definitely save some to grow again next year.
Broad beans are the first vegetable seeds that I’ll be sowing from March onwards . Last year I had no luck at all with them as they became infested with blackfly despite pitching the tops out and spraying them. I ended up pulling them up and putting them on the compost heap. Apparently putting the seeds in the fridge for a week or so before sowing prevents blackfly, which has got to be worth trying…if I remember!
Runner bean Desiree is both white seeded and flowered. If what’s written about this variety is correct then it looks like being a real winner! These won’t get sown until late May and once the pods get to around six inches I should be picking these runners from August through to at least late September.
Borlotti beans are said to have exceptional flavour, with the seeds and pods both being distinctively speckled. Plot neighbour Joe kindly gave me some which I’ll be growing for the first time. I’ll be sowing them in late May and should be picking the pods towards the end of August onwards.
There are plenty of bean recipes in my new cookbook including the tasty looking, and quick to cook, sweet & sour beans!