One of our HSL members describes this variety perfectly, “It has the best flavour of any runner bean known to me, superior to modern varieties, but would be useless on the show bench. Seldom reaching 12in in length and is rarely perfectly straight. A cook’s delight but a showing gardener’s disaster.” Growing to more than 2.5m in height, the vigorous plants produce a heavy crop of 20-25cm long pods that are tender, succulent and stringless if picked before seeds cause bumps.
Grown by our donor's family since the mid-1950s, this variety is known to come from Salford, a village in the Cotswolds. She told us “They have scarlet flowers, pods that start dull green and turn purple, long and straight, a good cropper.” Please let us know what you think of this variety.