Black Valentine Bush Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus vulgaris)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 50 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 50 days to snap stage
- Days to Germination:
- 3-7 days @ 60-85F
- Plant Spacing:
- Light Preference:
- Full sun
- Soil Requirements:
- Well drained
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Black Valentine Bush Bean - "Fall in Love with this Heirloom"
Prolific, string-less in all stages, the young snap beans are slender, almost round, and richly flavorful. A pre-1850's heirloom that germinates in cool soil, making it a good, early planting bean. It produces masses of delicious, tender, straight, 6" long green beans very early in the season. The glossy, dry, black beans make a legendary black bean soup. Leave some pods to dry on the bush.
Originally cultivated in Central America, from Mexico to Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. The smaller beans are thought to have been cultivated in Mexico as long as 7,000 years ago, while the larger beans were cultivated in Peru starting 8,000 years ago. High in protein, easy to grow, dry and cook, they have sustained mankind for millennia.
For Snap Beans, wait until they are about pencil size, but harvest before the beans inside the pods become lumpy. Snap beans, are snapped, strings removed and eaten fresh or cooked.
For Fresh Shell Beans, let the seeds in the pods get good and fat. You shell/remove the green beans from the pod and they are eaten fresh or cooked.
For Dried Beans, let the pods get brown and dry on the plant. Pick them before they can split open and spread out to finish drying. Remove from dried pods and store. Dried beans are usually soaked and cooked.
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This isn't my favorite bean, but it isn't bad either. Germination was irregular, and each bush was mildly productive. Despite the fair output of this heirloom, it was very tasty. Great as a green bean, and even better in soup. Try it out for something different in the garden, but grow another variety for that bumper crop.
The Master Gardeners at the historic Francis Land House Heirloom Vegetable Garden in Virginia Beach, Virginia are providing feedback on the donated seeds. Our garden consists of 35 raised beds, each four feet by twenty feet. The garden receives full sun all day and is fertilized with a combination of compost and commercial organic fertilizer. Compact sturdy plants kept pods off the ground for easy picking. Yield was excellent and the volunteers that cooked them were very pleased with the taste and flavor. This is a variety we will continue to grow and recommend.