CLIMBING FRENCH BEAN
This versatile heirloom variety is strong growing with an excellent flavour at all sizes. The purple pods are easily spotted amongst the leaves.
SOW: start these off in pots or modules placed in an unheated greenhouse or even on a window during April or May. You can sow directly into the sol but wait until mid as they really do not like cold soil. You can sow as late as July for a later harvest.
GROW: Plant out after hardening off when about 15cm tall after all frost danger has passed. Cosse Violette is happy climbing canes in a row or arranged as teepees. French Beans are self pollinating. They also cope well with drier summers
EAT: Pick young and cook whole or sliced. Leave the pods for a little longer and shell them for flageolets. At the end of the season leave the pods for drying; the dried beans are super in winter casseroles. All of our French beans freeze well.