Bean Climbing Borlotti Stoppa
Genus: Phaseolus Species: Vulgaris
Heritage Status: New Zealand
Bio-Region of Origin: Northland
Number of Seeds: 20
Description: Shellout, dry; Gifted from an elderly Italian gardener, Mr Stoppa, they were regarded as his family’s special beans for Italian style bean salads. They can also be dried and stored for winter bean salads and baked beans etc. They have good flavour, and although climbing beans are do not grow over 2m. The Stoppa family steamed them when they were at the fresh shellout stage, and served them with olive oil and finely chopped red onions and herbs. They preferred to store them by harvesting at the shellout stage and freezing.
Planting Instructions: Scatter sow into seed trays. Transplant at 10 cm spacing under trellis when second leaves appear. This will avoid problems with birds, slugs, snails, and rotting in cold ground.