Saturday, 25 August 2012

Violetta, I love you so...


Quoted from Salt Spring Seeds site:


"Trionfo Violetto ($3.50)

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".
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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!!!!!







13 comments:

  1. I am going to give this variety a try next year. They look beautiful and sound very tasty!!! We are gearing up for our tomato harvest and lots of salsa canning!


    Angie

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    1. Angie, your tomatoes sound great! I love homemade salsa :)

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  2. What a lovely looking plant. well done for keeping these special varieties going. Lily. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Lily and yes, I do think it's important to keep the heritage varieties going...

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  3. You do a good job! They are pretty and perfectly formed. I made your pasta w/tomatoes Thursday and today for meals. love,andrea

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    1. Good for you, Andrea. Simple meals are the best...

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  4. I have not grown this variety of beans....I'm adding them to my list for next year. Also, thank you for the link to Salt Springs.

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  5. We're coming up to bean planting time so will have to see if I can get some! They look so beautiful...

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    1. Alison, you'd love them! Why not have beans climbing up your verandah? The leaves are gorgeous and healthy looking and the beans actually hide rather demurely under the huge leaves... The flowers, are visible, however which is lovely because they are SO, SO pretty.

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  6. I've never heard of that variety...i wonder if we can get them here as they do indeed look lovely! Mine were just gobbled up by the wallaby last night and they were looking so lovely...as were the now lost snow peas!
    Love the idea of reaching out for your snack!

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  7. You're still picking beans at the end of August? I love that (unless that means you are picking and freezing every two days from the beginning of July!).

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