Seed List

Mo Sayed

Dudi Mo Sayed

Originally collected from the Highfields area of Leicester, and named after the donor. Mo acquired the seeds from a friend whose family save their own seeds on their farm in India. This dudi is slightly later than some, but will produce fruit the size of a small child!

5 seeds
Dudi
Organic

Alice Whitis Pink

climbing French bean Alice Whitis Pink (flower)

Donated by John Yeoman, formerly of The Village Guild. This 1930s heirloom was originally grown and saved by Alice Whitis in Acorn, Kentucky, USA. It produces vigorous 2-2.5m plants with white flowers and tender pods that are at their best if eaten when young and stringless. Also, a good drying bean.

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Green varieties
Organic

Angel

Climbing French bean Angel flowers

Our donor was given seeds of this variety as a gift from a friend in Germany. It is so named as the pattern around the hilum of the seeds resembles an angel. In Germany it is also known as the Monstrance Bean, as these markings also bare some similarity to the shape of the sacred vessels used by the Roman Catholic church. The legend suggests that, during WW1, a French pastor planted beans above his buried artifacts to prevent their discovery. The beans produced by these plants bore the marks we now see. They produce beautiful orange-red flowers followed by flat, green pods packed with the pretty beans, which are perfect for use dried.

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Green varieties
New this year
Organic

Blue Beans

Climbing French Bean Blue Beans

These cream seeded beans were brought to the UK from France at the end of WWII. Compact (1.2m) for a climber and thought to be frost resistant and less attractive to slugs than most French beans. Produces beautiful purple flowers followed by dark purple, 12-18cm, plump, flat pods. Guardian Mrs Jane Durston says, “Lovely hot, or blanched and used in salads. Good crisp texture and nutty flavour.”

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Coloured varieties
Limited Stock

Bob and Mary

Climbing French Bean Bob and Mary

This tasty and prolific bean was donated by Seed Guardian Liz Ramsay, who was given the seeds by her sister's partner, a native of British Columbia, Canada. His family have grown this variety since the beginning of the 20th century. It is thought that the family received the beans as payment for help repairing farm equipment for a Ukrainian neighbour. Liz says, “The pods can be eaten at all stages: juicy and young, tender and mature or even as a dried bean.”

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Green varieties

Bonne Bouche

Climbing French Bean Bonne Bouche

Originating in the city of Rouen, capital of the Normandy Region in France, in the 1950s, this vigorous (1.8-2.4m) ex-commercial variety looks beautiful grown on a wigwam support with its pairs of delicate white flowers and large green leaves. The long green pods have a slight red stripe and are tender and flavoursome when young. When mature the podded beans are delicious.

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Coloured varieties

Cherokee Trail of Tears

Climbing French Bean Cherokee Trail of Tears copyright Jane Rickerby

This variety derives its name from its dramatic history. The Cherokee nation was displaced by settlers the 1838 and set off on an infamous march that became known as the Trail of Tears. They were only able to take their most precious possessions with them, one of which was this bean. Vigorous vines are prolific producers of succulent young pods that can be eaten raw or cooked, and freeze perfectly. However, this variety is principally for drying, and the small, black beans come into their own in winter stews and soups.

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Coloured varieties

Cyprus

Climbing French Bean Cyprus

This bean has been grown, selected and saved in its native Cyprus for many years and was given to our donor by an allotment neighbour whose father lives on a small farm there. With very sparse foliage, it produces white flowers followed by an impressive crop of crisp and slender pencil-type pods full of juicy green beans. It also crops over a long period of time.

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Green varieties
Limited Stock

District Nurse

Climbing French Bean District Nurse

Our donor was given these beans by her step-daughter, a district nurse who had originally been passed them by an elderly lady in Cardiff. She describes it as, “A delightful bean! Pretty lilac flowers are followed by dramatically coloured pods, green splashed with navy blue.” Our Seed Guardians appear to experience very few pest and disease problems with this variety.

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Coloured varieties

Emperor of Russia

Dwarf French Bean Emperor of Russia

Syn. Longfellow. Donated to us by Harlow Carr Botanic Garden, Harrogate. This fine haricot bean produces neat plants with white flowers followed by slim and crisp pencil pods, which are stringless when young. Seed Guardian Bill Dale comments, “I probably shouldn't say it but in the many years I've grown it, no disease or other problems. A crisp and crunchy treat when eaten fresh and young. A good, no-nonsense bean!”

10 seeds
French bean
Dwarf
Green varieties