A very fine old Serbia heirloom
with broad flat green pods (15cm long) and dark beans
. Very early to bear and the beans
are delicious picked young and cooked whole. Also used in minestrone and for fresh shelling beans
This is the dark seeded variety, height 50 - 60 cm. 58-72 days.
GROWING TIP: All beans
and peas are legumes and benefit from "inoculating" with rhizobacteria. These bacteria do the work of taking gaseous nitrogen from the air and "fixing" or concentrating it in pink root nodules which then slough off, adding nitrogen to the soil in a form other plants can take up as a nutrient. Inoculating your beans
and peas will increase germination, and the health of your plants, helping them growing large roots and thus healthier plants. Growing pole beans
provides an extra shot of nitrogen to the corn
, a wonderful natural symbiotic relationship that the Native Americans understood very well. You will see a big difference in overall results. Healthy legumes should also be turned under the soil when production ends as they are excellent green manure for your next crops.