Seed List

Navy Bean Edmund

Dwarf French Bean Navy Bean Edmund

Syn. Gourmet Delight. A vigorous variety donated by John Yeoman of The Village Guild. Produces a heavy crop of glossy green, round, stringless pods 15-20cm in length and thought to show resistance to bean rust. Can also be used as a drying bean. Sow to harvest 55-60 days (approx.)

10 seeds
French bean
Dwarf
Green varieties

Parfree's Dragon Tongue

Dwarf French Bean Parfree's Dragon Tongue seeds

Colin Parfree obtained this variety from his neighbour, who had in turn been given them by a friend who travelled extensively in China, from where they are thought to have originated. Compact, sturdy plants produce green pods splashed with thin deep violet stripes. An easy care, easy grow bean that could be used in pots for decorative purposes. The young pods are tender and tasty, and the dried beans have excellent flavour.

10 seeds
French bean
Dwarf
Coloured varieties

Purple Podded Best

Climbing French bean Purple Podded Best (flower)

From the seed collection of Mr Inchley, whose wife donated this variety to us when he, sadly, passed away. Vigorous, hardy vines reach 1.8-2m in height, producing purple flowers followed by large, straight green pods with heavy purple mottling. Seed Guardian Michael Blake says, “Hardy, disease resistant and a good cropper. Bullet proof!”

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Coloured varieties

Ray's Butter Bean

Climbing French bean Ray's Butter Bean

Originally from Phoenix Seeds, Australia, this variety had been grown in the UK for many years by John Yeoman of The Village Guild, who donated the seeds to us. The white and pale apricot flowers are borne on tall (2.5-3m) plants. Guardian Mrs Jane Durston loves them; she says, “Beautiful flavour, very mild and creamy, can't wait for next year's crop!” Tends to crop later (into September) but we have seen variances in this across the UK, so do let us know how they get on where you live.

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Green varieties
New this year

Romano

Climbing French bean Romano

This ex-commercial variety was deleted from the National List sometime in 2007, and thankfully passed to us before it was lost forever. Dating back to at least 1972, it was supplied by Thompson & Morgan who describe it in their 1995 catalogue as, “Long, tender, meaty and stringless 6-10 inch pods liberally loaded with unbeatable flavour. Heavy yield, good for freezing.” Our Guardians agree, and also note the strong, tall, vigorous plants so provide some sturdy support!

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Green varieties
New this year

Scott's

Dwarf French Bean Scott's

A neighbour in High Easter, Essex, gave our donor these beans in 1946. Bushy plants (45-50cm) produce creamish-white flowers and an early crop of long, broad, green pods packed full of white beans. Succulent when fresh with excellent flavour as a haricot, but also great dried. Sow to harvest 70 days (approx.)

10 seeds
French bean
Dwarf
Green varieties

Siglinde

Climbing French bean Siglinde

This bean from Western Ukraine is named after our donor's sister. The light green pods with white seeds are traditionally grown for winter storage as dried beans, however the stringless pods can be eaten fresh when young.

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Green varieties
Organic

Taiwan

Climbing French bean Taiwan

This bean was found by a cleaner at Heathrow Airport on a plane that had flown in from Taiwan in the 1970s. It was passed to our donor in 1981 and he shared it with fellow growers in the Egham area. The plants are bushy at the base with large, lush leaves. They may also produce more than one leader. The lilac flowers are followed by purple flecked, almost stringless pods, which freeze well.

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Coloured varieties
Organic

Trinity

Dwarf French Bean Trinity copyright John Wilson

Our donor originally acquired these black seeded beans in the 1990s from Trinity, Jersey, where the selection had been grown for many years by a local farmer. Seed Guardian Miss Gotts says, “Have found these to be vigorous, sturdy, chunky plants.” Produces semi-dwarf plants (up to 60cm) followed by lilac flowers and yellow, waxy, stringless pods.

10 seeds
French bean
Dwarf
Coloured varieties

Val's Bean

Dwarf French Bean Val's Bean copyright Adam Alexander

This variety produces massive plants with large pods and beans, huge foliage and lilac flowers. Their mild, sweet flavour makes them good for eating fresh when young, though they will become stringy if left to mature. The mottled maroon seeds make tasty dried beans.

10 seeds
French bean
Dwarf
Green varieties