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Cupidon Bean

Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

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Description

55 days. High-yielding French filet bean with narrow and round, 7-inch long green pods. Bush type plants produce high yields of crisp yet tender pods. Pleasant mellow flavor. Great eaten raw in salads. Called Haricot Verts in French, these beans are traditionally prepared lightly steamed and served with butter. Produces stringless pods that remain tender for a long time on the vine. Disease resistant. Bush plants are compact and fit easily into containers and small gardens. Green beans are easily preserved by blanching and freezing. If left on the vine to mature, they can be shelled and eaten cooked as dry beans. Dry seeds are speckled brown. We sourced our seeds from Sativa Rheinau, an innovative biodynamic vegetable seed company in Switzerland. Seeds grown by Nature & Nurture Seeds.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Sow bean seeds outside 5/15-7/15 (after soil temp has reached at least 60 °). Sow seeds 1” deep, 3” apart in rows 15” 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. Beans perform best if the seeds are inoculated with Bean Inoculant at planting time.

Harvest:

Harvest young pods frequently while still thin and tender. Pods left to mature will become tough.

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Beans are an easy seed saving crop. They will not cross with other bean species and tend to self-pollinate. 10-20 ft between bean varieties is often good enough, 50 feet isolation distance is ideal. Minimum population size: 10 plants. Allow seeds to mature on the plants (pods will become tan and dry). Save seeds only from the best plants. Clean seed as a dry-seeded crop.


Seed Stories

Beans are in the legume plant family (Fabaceae) along with peas. This plant family is unique because legume plants improve soil fertility through the process of nitrogen-fixation, which adds nitrogen to the soil for all plants. Edible beans are divided into several species:  Fava Beans, Lima Beans, Mung Beans, Runner Beans, Soybeans and “Common Beans” (Phaseolus vulgaris). Cupidon is a type of Common Bean. Other Common Beans include most edible-podded garden beans as well as dry beans including kidney, pinto, and navy bean. Common Beans originated in Central and South America, where they were domesticated by indigenous people. Native peoples grew, selected, and transported beans, along with corn and squash, to North America, where many indigenous varieties developed. Europeans brought bean seeds to Europe from the Americas. Cupidon bean is a type of Dwarf French filet bean known as “Haricot Verts” in French. Filet beans are those that, when picked young, are straight with pointed tips and are tender and crisp. Filet beans are popular with home gardeners in France and Britain where they are often eaten at this young stage served with butter. Cupidon, when mature, is a stringless bean which can be used as a standard green bean.

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Description

55 days. High-yielding French filet bean with narrow and round, 7-inch long green pods. Bush type plants produce high yields of crisp yet tender pods. Pleasant mellow flavor. Great eaten raw in salads. Called Haricot Verts in French, these beans are traditionally prepared lightly steamed and served with butter. Produces stringless pods that remain tender for a long time on the vine. Disease resistant. Bush plants are compact and fit easily into containers and small gardens. Green beans are easily preserved by blanching and freezing. If left on the vine to mature, they can be shelled and eaten cooked as dry beans. Dry seeds are speckled brown. We sourced our seeds from Sativa Rheinau, an innovative biodynamic vegetable seed company in Switzerland. Seeds grown by Nature & Nurture Seeds.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Sow bean seeds outside 5/15-7/15 (after soil temp has reached at least 60 °). Sow seeds 1” deep, 3” apart in rows 15” 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. Beans perform best if the seeds are inoculated with Bean Inoculant at planting time.

Harvest:

Harvest young pods frequently while still thin and tender. Pods left to mature will become tough.

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Beans are an easy seed saving crop. They will not cross with other bean species and tend to self-pollinate. 10-20 ft between bean varieties is often good enough, 50 feet isolation distance is ideal. Minimum population size: 10 plants. Allow seeds to mature on the plants (pods will become tan and dry). Save seeds only from the best plants. Clean seed as a dry-seeded crop.


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Seed Stories

Beans are in the legume plant family (Fabaceae) along with peas. This plant family is unique because legume plants improve soil fertility through the process of nitrogen-fixation, which adds nitrogen to the soil for all plants. Edible beans are divided into several species:  Fava Beans, Lima Beans, Mung Beans, Runner Beans, Soybeans and “Common Beans” (Phaseolus vulgaris). Cupidon is a type of Common Bean. Other Common Beans include most edible-podded garden beans as well as dry beans including kidney, pinto, and navy bean. Common Beans originated in Central and South America, where they were domesticated by indigenous people. Native peoples grew, selected, and transported beans, along with corn and squash, to North America, where many indigenous varieties developed. Europeans brought bean seeds to Europe from the Americas. Cupidon bean is a type of Dwarf French filet bean known as “Haricot Verts” in French. Filet beans are those that, when picked young, are straight with pointed tips and are tender and crisp. Filet beans are popular with home gardeners in France and Britain where they are often eaten at this young stage served with butter. Cupidon, when mature, is a stringless bean which can be used as a standard green bean.

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