Beurre de Rocquencourt Bean
Golden yellow pods, long et thin. Very productive and stable. Comes from France and, before that, Algeria. The more you harvest, the more it will yield, over a long period. What makes this bean stand out aside from its taste is how its pods remain tender on the plant over many days, easing the work of those who don’t have the time for daily harvests. The beans are elongated and deep black. A mentioned above, outstanding taste.
This type of beans were introduced in France in the 1840s as ‘Alger Beans’ (Haricot d’Alger), since they allegedly came from Algeria. From this black bean gene pool, the French bred new varieties such as Beurre de Rocquencourt, a town near Versailles.
Package: 35 seeds
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Latin name : Phaseolus vulgaris var. nana ‘Beurre de Rocquencourt’
Common names : Bean, Fresh bean, Bush bean
French : Haricot Beurre de Rocquencourt, haricot nain, fève jaune
Family : Fabaceae
Plant type : Annual
Habit : Herbaceous, dwarf variety
Height : About 0.4 m
Width : About 0.2 m
Days to maturity : 50 to 60 days
Sowing : Directly outside after the last frost
Depth : 2-3 cm
Germination : 5 to 10 days
Soil : Any
Exposure : Full sun
Plant spacing : 8 cm
Row spacing : 30-40 cm
Watering : Once the seeds have started to germinate, make sure the seedlings receive plenty of water until the first true leaves appear
Care and other considerations : Avoid handling or weeding when the plants are still wet to prevent the spread of diseases
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Named after the town of Chioggia in the Venetian Lagoon, this beet can be eaten raw or cooked. Delicious sweet taste and a pleasure for the eyes, with its distinctive concentric red and white stripes. Will loose some of its color once cooked, but is perfect for carpaccio. Leaves and stems are edible too.
Developed in Italy before 1841, the Chioggia derives from another traditional variety, the Bassano beet, named after a town in the Veneto region. The Chioggia beet was introduced in the United States before 1865 and furthermore perfected by seed producers.
As popular as it is easy to grow. Italian Heirloom.
Package : 100 seeds.
It was brought by the first colonizers to New France. From then on, it became a key part of daily meals.
In the 1760s, with the arrival of the potato, the consumption of broad beans decreases all over Quebec except for a few regions. The 'Petite du Lac' variety probably comes from one of this period.
Alphonse Gauthier, former agronomist and horticulture professor at Institut de technologie agricole de La Pocatière, sent 'Petite du Lac' seeds to England (precise location unknown) for analysis. He was told that this cultivar had adapted to the Saguenay region and thus developped its own characteristics, making it stand out from this much bigger relative, the Windsor broad bean.
It is mostly eaten in soups, and brings a lot of energy. It is easy to store for the winter once dry.
Please refer to Potager d'Antan for more informations (in French): https://potagersdantan.com/2011/09/14/la-gourgane-petite-du-lac/
Package: 20 seeds
Heirloom variety. Beautiful and delicious blue leaves with purple spines. Hardy, resistant to diseases and much bigger in size than other kale varieties.
Harvest baby or full-grown size leaves. Their taste is even better after frost.
This variety entered Canada around 1885 with Russian traders.
Package : 150 seeds.