‘Grand-mère’ Pole Bean
Climbing green beans, gives 6 to 7 very small beans per pod. They are a nice pink, and are delicious as dry beans. Just as delicious as green beans, and produces a lot.
This bean was given during a Seedy Saturday to René Paquet, then volunteer representative at the Canada Seeds of Diversity booth, by Marie-Jeanne Disant, from Quebec City. René then shared a couple with me, and it didn’t take long before charmed by their high-yields and color!
Marie-Jeanne Disant: “I am so glad to find other enthusiasts for my grandma’s bean. I have been saving them since the 70s, sharing them with whomever wants them, telling myself how important it is to save this heritage!”
“I did indeed get those beans from my grandma. She was living in France and had never left her Ile-de-France community, unlike these beans which have crossed the ocean! She had received them from her Swiss neighbor, who made her this gift between the two wars. How did the bean initially get to Europe, and Switzerland, I have no idea! But when I moved to Quebec in the 90s, I brought some in my shoes. I thought I wasn’t infringing on the law that much, since I was simply bringing them back to their original continent. […] One more thing, they can eaten as green beans even when the small seeds are forming inside, since they are so tender.”
We later on learned that Mrs. Disant carried the beans in the shoes in her suitcase, not the ones she was wearing.
Package: 30 seeds
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Latin name : Phaseolus vulgaris
Common names : Grand-mère pole bean
French : Haricot Grand-mère
Family : Fabaceae
Plant type : Annual
Habit : Climbing
Height : 2.5 m
Width : 20 cm
Days to maturity : 45 days for green beans, 100 days for dry beans
Sowing : Directly outside, after the last frost, usually in early June for the Montreal area
Depth : 2 cm
Germination : 5-12 days
Soil : Not demanding
Exposure : Sunny
Plant spacing : 15 cm
Row spacing : 30-35 cm
Watering : These varieties have developed a certain drought-tolerance as we seldom water them on the farm
Care and other considerations : Needs to be staked
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This bean comes from Romania. It was given to me by an old gardener from a community garden. He emigrated to Canada after the war and brought this bean with him, more than 50 years ago.
He prefers to eat the Fideluta half-dry, as shell beans, when the seeds are still young but already big in size.
Delicious in cassoulet stew.
Pkt : 25 seeds.