French bean

Climbing French Bean: Kew Blue

The purple-pink flowers are complemented by purple-tinged leaves and stems, and followed by flat purple pods. These pods have excellent flavour, perfect for eating fresh or freezing. Dried beans have a rich, nutty flavour.

Approx 60 seeds per pack.  Kew Blue climbing French bean seed grown in Wales by producer Chris Vernon. Stewarded by Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library.

This variety is registered as a amateur variety. 

Kew Blue French Bean seeds after harvest

Climbing French Bean: Cosse Violette

Lavender flowers are followed by deep purple pods on this heavy cropping climbing french bean. Early to produce and continues for many weeks during the summer. Stringless purple pods turn dark green on cooking.

Approx 60 seeds per pack.  Cosse Violette French bean seed grown in Wales by producer Chris Vernon.

Climbing French Bean: Melbourne’s Mini 

Melbourne’s Mini french bean is a unique variety from an allotment holder called Syd who grew and saved the seed for over 30 years. Having originally grown these beans in Sussex, Syd brought them to Wales where they continued to adapt and flourish for him. Donated to the community group Dyfi Valley Seed Savers, this seed is now available to buy from the Wales Seed Hub.

Vigorous plants with creamy white flowers, they produce prolific crops of short tender green beans. When left to mature, the small white seeds are equally good for drying and cooking

Approx 60 seeds per pack.  Stewarded by Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library. Grown by Sue Stickland and volunteers at Cultivate Community Garden in Mid Wales.

Climbing French Bean: District Nurse

This variety of the Italian borlotti bean is suited to the cool, wet climate of Wales. Tall and bushy with pretty lilac flowers and pods splashed with dark purple. Can be eaten young and tender, or dried and used in winter soups and casseroles.

Approx 70 seeds per pack. Stewarded by Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library. Grown by Wales Seed Hub member Carolyn Moody on her smallholding in Pontyates.

Climbing French Bean: Pea Bean

The French Bean that is like a pea! Beautiful ‘yin yang’ colouring on the seeds. 

This is a climbing bean with pale yellow/white flowers. The Pea Bean produces flat pods of unusual pea shaped beans that are purple and cream coloured, fantastic nutty flavour when cooked, use beans fresh or dried in soups and stews.

Approx 60 seeds per pack. Stewarded by Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library. Grown by Wales Seed Hub member Neil Moyse  on his One Planet smallholding in Wales.

Seed grown using agroecological principles. We are licenced to sell seed and issue plant passports. Reg number: 7710.