Suttons Seeds dwarf French bean borlotto firetongue seed gives an Italian specialty bean that's ideal for fresh use or as dried seeds (haricots) in a wide range of dishes. The seeds and pods are attractively mottled, and will last throughout winter if stored in airtight jars. Plants producing plenty of distinctively flavoured, stringless pods over a long period if picked regularly. Health benefits: source of vitamin A. Culinary tips: delicious when no thicker than a pencil and can be sliced or cooked whole. Culture: sow March-April under glass, or in succession outdoors from late April until mid-July. 12 Weeks maturity.
Sowing and growing - For early crops, sow in pots or trays on a windowsill or in a greenhouse using a good quality compost. Cover seeds with 38 mm compost. Germination 7 to 14 days. Grow on, planting outside or protecting with cloches until frost risk has passed, 20 cm between plants. Alternatively sow direct from late April into prepared. warm, moist soil at a depth of 50 mm, thinning as necessary to 20 cm between plants. Allow 60 cm between rows. Grows best in rich, well prepared soil in a sunny position. Water well during dry weather. For winter use, pull plants and allow seed to dry in a cool airy place.
Quality control - This seed has been carefully tested to ensure high germination. Prior to use, store in a dry cool place.
Ideal for fresh use or as dried seeds (haricots) in a wide range of dishes. The seeds and pods are attractively mottled, and will last throughout winter if stored in airtight jars.