7 years ago, our family of 7 moved to a small home on the prairie. Our goals were lofty - to live frugally, become more self reliant, grow as much of our food as we could (sourcing the rest locally), and in general, learn to live in a more sustainable way. In an exciting twist of life events, we recently moved "home" to the coast and are adapting our lives and goals to a completely different climate and landscape. Join us as we continue on our journey!
Beautiful Italian heirloom. Prolific, all season production of French type purple-pod beans that are sweet and succulent, magically turning green when cooked. Ornamental plants, growing upto 8 feet, with abundant lavender flowers, blooming against lush green leaves with purple veins and stems".
Seriously, these purple Violetta Beans are delectable! I can't get enough of them raw... they are tender, sweet and not at all stringy. The flowers are the most beautiful lavender colour which is a lovely surprise come summer when you've forgotten that little detail :)
Violetta blooms are lavender (white blooms are from another variety)
The plants themselves are vigorous and hardy, having grown strong through several hail storms, a lot of severe gusty wind and plenty of rain. Of all the beans I planted, these were ready for picking first. I adore them! Their hardy, 8' foot growth habit is a huge bonus so I'm going to capitalize on that and have them grow up some supports to shade the back deck. Then, I can simply reach up and grab and snack :)
Have you grown this variety of bean? If not, do try it!!!!!