No letters about the spelling, please (see also Carrot ‘Altringham’!). A sturdy, compact bean (60-75cm) ideal for exposed areas where it will not require staking. Matures early, therefore avoids the worst of the blackfly, and produces large, well-filled pods in abundance. Guardian Anne St John notes that “it is always reliable, whether planted at the end of the winter or as late as May.”
Syn. Aquadulce Claudia. This variety is now included, under its synonym, in the UK National List, so this will be the first, and last, time we offer it in the HSL Catalogue. Suitable for autumn sowing, the plants will grow to more than 1.2m, so it will require some staking.
Originally thought to have been purchased from Suttons Seeds, our donor has grown this bean since the mid-1950s. The 1956 Sutton & Sons Catalogue states that this variety is “very prolific and early maturing, recommended for autumn sowing”. A vigorous variety with large pods containing 5-6 beans. Young beans have a delicious creamy texture, even when raw.