French White Garden Bush Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus vulgaris)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 50 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 50 days
- Days to Germination:
- 3-7 days @ 60-85F
- Plant Spacing:
- Light Preference:
- Full sun
- Soil Requirements:
- Well drained
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
French White Garden Bush Bean - "The Caviar of Beans"
A famous heirloom bean variety originally from the south of France, developed in the 1800s as a dwarf cultivar and originally known as 'Nain Hatif de Laon', or Early Dwarf Laon. There are several cultivars, all originally known under the trade name of 'Flageolets'. These are the white seeded variety, there are also green ('Vert'), black ('Noir'), red ('Rouge') and yellow ('Jaune') cultivars. Known as the 'Caviar of Beans' and rightfully so! Also known as the French Filet Blanc or French Flageolet Blanc.
The seeds are smaller than most and at the peak of flavor fresh or semi-dried, where it needs no soaking, very little cooking and it simply melts in the mouth. They cook up to a dense and creamy texture. Very often served as an honored traditional side to a slow roasted leg of lamb in France, these are best prepared and served in simple recipes where the light and delicate flavors can be best appreciated. Once completely dried, they retain most of their summery flavors and work as wonderful reminders of the warm weather flavors in the dead of winter in a simple broth.
Compact bush plants with bright green 5-7 inch pods. The French Garden variety is versatile in the kitchen and it can be used for snap beans, green shelling or dry beans.
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.
Snap, Fresh, Dry
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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Excellent variety; good germination, nice compact plants, small tender yet crisp bean pod. Stood up well to the extremely hot weather we experienced. As an aside one of our volunteers said her granddaughter who is not a vegetable fan said she liked them because the pods were so small.