Phaseolus vulgaris 'Trionfo Violetto'
||purple climbing bean
||sow in spring after danger of frost
|We've settled on this one as our bean of choice the past few years. Long purple pods that turn green upon cooking. We grow them on teepees made from tree prunings. By mid-summer, the two teepees have grown together into one large monstrosity. We've found that we have to harvest the beans when they're still thin and young, for best texture and flavor.
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|Catherine Hubbard||Jan 01, 2011||Our farm in the mountains of western NC has produced abundant crops of "Violetto's"; we like to eat them fresh when smaller, but also can and freeze them. This variety is our favorite for "dilly beans", using the older tons we miss when picking to eat fresh, as they are made tenderer in the pickling process, and turn the brine a lovely, blushing lavendar.|
Thanks for sharing, Catherine! I'll have to look up how to make dilly beans and give it a try sometime.
|David Harraway||Jan 17, 2011||I think next year we will take your tip of growing these on tripod/teepees - I thought I'd try growing some around the edges of my backyard patch (6m x 6m) as a nice green shield for the rest of the plants in there; but found out the hard way the "runner" in these beans is pretty darn fit - we now have beans growing up and over everything within sight - including 4 metres up in olive and apple trees! These are some beans with "attitude".
Anyway, the little ones are quite yummy just fresh or blanched; and the bigger ones have good seeds you can squeeze out and eat. Purple veggies are supposed to be among the most healthy so we will be trying again next summer- only in a more contained way!
|Annie W||Jan 26, 2011||They look great! I bought some seeds of another purple-podded variety called Blauhilde to grow this year. I hope they grow and taste as good as yours. But since you want to correct misinformation, even though they have flattish pods these are actually not Phaseolus coccineus (runner beans) but Phaseolus vulgaris. Where I'm from we call them climbing French beans. I think Americans usually call them pole beans or common beans. Bush beans or dwarf French beans are the same species, as well as many different types of beans for drying. But not Lima beans (butter beans) which are P. lunatus. All quite confusing, but not as bad as squash species.|
Thanks for helping me set the record straight - I've updated my page.
|Donna Brinkman||Jul 09, 2011||How long does it take for the seeds to break ground? We planted seven days ago and have not seen a shoot yet. A bit worried. We soaked the seed overnight before planting, have watered enough.|
In warm weather, I would have expected the seedlings to be up in seven days. You may want to try to germinate a few seeds in a moist paper towel indoors to make sure they are viable (if they do germinate, you can put them into the garden right away).
|Dave Dred ||Jul 15, 2019||My first year growing these. Okanagan BC. I initially bought them them to create a privacy screen. They succeeded ten fold!!! They have grown over eight feet tall and would have grown higher if the trellis of poles I erected were taller. I planted the seeds at least 12 inches apart and they have grown into a solid wall of leaves and beautiful beans. They produce at an amazing rate. They are delicious eating fresh off the vine. I m eating them constantly as I garden. Six pounds of beans are picked in minutes. I’ve made dilly beans, beans in black bean sauce stir fry’s, Mennonite bean soup and given pails full to the neighbours. And it’s only the middle of July. I’m looking for freezing tips as I can’t keep up. PS humming birds love the blossoms too!! |
Congratulations with your success – you must have great gardening conditions!
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