Bean Runner Takamatua Black Seeded
GENUS: Phaseolus SPECIES: coccineus
Heritage Status: New Zealand
Bio-Region of Origin: Koanga since 1996
Number of Seeds: 15
Description: Runner, green snap, shellout, dry bean. This runner bean has come to us from the South of the South Island. With perennial roots, like other runners, it’ll keep on coming up year after year. We have heard it was common to have them growing for over 50 years. The beans are very tasty and the seeds are shiny and black. It came to New Zealand originally with Henry Harrington’s descendants, the De Malmanche family, one of the original French families who settled that area in the 19th C. It can be eaten when young as a green snap bean, they are very tasty, or as a shellout or dried bean as well. Great multipurpose bean!
Planting Instructions: Direct sow in Spring or plant into trays to avoid bird and slug damage. Plant into deeply prepared beds 20 cm apart and pinch tops out at 30 cm above ground for maximum production. Prefers to grow with roots in a cool moist environment. Beans stop setting if too hot or dry.