The Jack in the Beanstalk Runner Seeds Phaseolus coccineus v. albus Polish Heirloom with large white seeds, remarkable 20 ft vines. Snap and epic soup bean.
Jack in the Beanstalk Runner Seeds – Phaseolus coccineus v. albus
This species originated from the mountains of Central America. Most varieties have red flowers and multicolored seeds(though some have white flowers and white seeds), and they are often grown as ornamental plants. The vine can grow to 3 m (9 ft) or more in length.
The knife-shaped pods are normally green; however, there are very rare varieties bred by amateurs that have very unusual purple pods. An example of such a purple-podded runner bean is ‘Aeron Purple Star’. Runner beans have also been called “Oregon lima bean”, and in Nahuatl ayocotl or in Spanish ayocote.
In the US, in 1978, the scarlet runner was widely grown for its attractive flowers primarily as an ornamental. Since that time, many US gardeners have adopted the bean as a regular member of the vegetable garden. The flower is known as a favourite of hummingbirds. In the UK – where the vegetable is a popular choice for kitchen gardens and allotments – the flowers are often ignored, or treated as an attractive bonus to cultivating the plant for the beans.
The seeds of the plant can be used fresh or as dried beans. The pods are edible whole while they are young and not yet fibrous. The starchy roots are still eaten by Central American Indians.
The beans are used in many cuisines. It is a popular side vegetable in British cuisine. A variety named ‘Judión de la Granja’ producing large, white, edible beans is cultivated in San Ildefonso, Spain. It is the basis of a Segovian regional dish also named Judiones de la Granja, in which the beans are mixed with pig’s ears, pig’s trotters, and chorizo, amongst other ingredients.