~ RUNNER BEAN SEED ~
Runner beans are the classic UK summer crop - they will produce in cooler weather than French beans, and crop over a long period.
Beware, they don't set in very hot conditions, so not a good crop for a polytunnel/greenhouse unless you're in a colder part of the country
We particularly like Czar because as well as vast numbers of nice flat green pods for normal use fresh, it will also later make fat white seeds that are very easy to dry and shell out of their pods.
The dry beans can be stored and boiled just like butter beans - we always set aside a few plants for dry bean production as they are so delicious cooked that way.
But we eat lots fresh beans each year too in the normal fashion. It makes so many!
Order RBCz - 50 seeds (approx) £2.18
Greek Gigantes NEW VARIETY
The seeds are alarmingly large, being about twice the size of the Czar above, which itself is a pretty big-seeded variety amongst normal runner beans.
They are fantastic in soups and stews, and the staple ingedient in delicious dishes such as:
You can find loads more mouth-watering recipes on the internet or in greek cookbooks by searching for 'gigantes beans'.
You grow them up canes just like a normal runner bean (so easy if you are used to that), but leave the pods to go brown and papery, then shell out and collect the seeds. They can be dried for storage or used fresh. They swell up even bigger when cooked.
Now you might think they look like lima beans - but this is a common misconception; they really are true runner beans, which of course are much easier to grow. And the mountainous areas in the far north of where they are from are quite wet and cold at night, so we think they should do well in many parts of the UK. They certainly grow well for us here in west Wales, and are extremely tasty.
Let us know how they do for you, we'd also love your favourite recipes / cooking suggestions.
Order RBGk - 18 to 22 huge seeds (approx) £2.42