Purple Podded Pole Bean

Phaseolus vulgaris

$4.95

25 seeds
70 days. These pole bean vines are vigorous, producing a continuous supply of flat, dark purple, sweet, stringless, 5 - 7 inch long snap beans. This bean was discovered in the 1930's in the Ozark mountains. We love it so much that we've been growing it since 2002. Pole beans utilize vertical space in the garden and produce more beans than bush types. Purple pod color makes them easy to spot when harvesting. Eat young pods raw or prepare as you would any green bean—we like to stir fry them with garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil. Or try them the traditional way, steamed and slathered with butter. Erica likes to pickle them the old fashioned way: just grab a handful of beans from the vine, stick 'em in a quart jar, fill the jar with salt brine, cover and presto! In just a few days you've got pickled beans (see Recipes for more info). Preserve by blanching and freezing. Easy seed saving plant. Seeds are beige in color. Variety is also known as “Purple Peacock”. HOJ

Pole bean vines are vigorous and need something to climb on (trellis, tepee, corn, fruit trees). Sow seeds outside 5/15-6/7 (after soil temp has reached at least 60 °). Sow seeds 1” deep, 3” apart. Protect seedlings from slugs/snails (use caffeinated coffee grounds or organic phosphate based slug bait). Days to germination: 6-16. Protect plants from groundhogs & deer. Plant pole beans on the north side of sun loving plants otherwise bean vines may shade them. Pole beans will keep producing beans until frost if kept picked. Beans perform best if the seeds are inoculated with Bean Inoculant at planting time.