Scarlet Emperor Runner Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus coccineus)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 50 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 60-90 days
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Scarlet Emperor Runner Bean - Jewels of the Garden
The Scarlet Emperor Bean is a fine, heavy producing variety.
It has smooth-textured, stringless 12-15" dark-green slightly fuzzy pods with beautiful purple and black mottled beans up to 1" long, having a sweeter, more savory, richer flavor than snap beans. Introduced to the US seed trade in the 1800's.
Vigorous climbing vines grow 8-10' tall with large sprays of showy scarlet-orange flowers that are favorites of both bees and hummingbirds. Performs well in cooler weather. Also known as "jewelry beans" for the striking colors and beauty of the dried 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, Shell, or 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.