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.
Our donor acquired this variety from organic crofters in Burland, near Scalloway, Shetland. Reputedly grown on Shetland since the 16th Century, it was a crucial source of winter food for livestock and spring greens for the crofters. It is a very hardy, wind resistant brassica, forming loose heads and developing some purple colouration as the temperatures fall.
An ex-commercial variety, originally from Suttons, but deleted from the National List in 1995. This variety produces fruits with sweet-flavoured, crunchy flesh and a thin, very pale green skin. Primarily a greenhouse cucumber, it can be grown outdoors in sheltered areas.
Thought to have been known in England since 1825, this variety produces sturdy plants with thick stems and attractive flowers followed by beautiful pale green pods heavily speckled with red. Seed Guardian Miss Gotts describes them as a “very robust bean!” Sweet and tender when picked as young beans, but when dried the pretty white beans with red speckles have a rich, full flavour; perfect for soups and stews.
This black seeded French heirloom variety produces compact, bushy plants that display both drought and cold tolerance. Dark lilac flowers are followed by pencil pods: crisp and tasty when eaten whole and as podded green beans. When dried the beans have a lovely nutty flavour, and are particularly good for use in Mexican and Cuban recipes. Sow to harvest 85 days (approx.)
Known in France since before 1775; however, our donor acquired these seeds from Robinson’s of Lancashire. The violet pods, purple-tinged leaves and lilac flowers of this variety are beautiful. Superb when in full flower, but equally attractive when bearing its masses of pods, which turn green on cooking. The whole pod can be eaten when young and the shelled beans are lovely when lightly steamed or eaten raw in salads. Mature, dried beans store well and are really tasty in soups. A hardy, reliable and prolific cropper.
Our donor was given this bean in 1950 by a gardener from Quenington House, Gloucestershire who said he should look after them as you could not purchase them. They were identified in 1994 by Ron Bateman of Radio Oxford as ‘Blue Queen’. This hardy variety produces purple, stringless pods, 15-20cm in length which turn green when cooked. Sweet and tender when eaten young, they also retain their flavour when frozen.
Donated as part of a collection given to HSL in the early 1980s by American, Russell Crow. This 19th century American heirloom produces compact (40-50cm) plants but BIG beans. An early producer of long, stringless green pods with dark seeds. The young pods have a delicate flavour, but the dried beans are second to none. Sow to harvest 107 days (approx.)
Also known as the stem turnip, kohl rabi is grown for its enlarged, spherical stem. Dating back to the 19th century this variety has green skin and crisp white flesh. It can be used raw and grated in salads, or cubed and steamed if picked young, when the flesh is at its sweetest.