DAYS TO HARVEST
Sow beans 1-2″ deep. It is recommended to soak beans 1-6 hours prior to planting. Plant seeds every 2-3 weeks for a continual harvest.
Plant seeds every 2-3″ with 18″-36″ between rows.
Beans are NOT hardy and will die with light frost, however, Black Valentine has shown itself to be hardier than other varieties.
Beans should be harvested when the pod is bright green and fleshy, and the seeds are small and green. Black Valentine beans will be approximately 6-6.5 in.
As beans fix nitrogen, they pair well with many other crops especially beets, celery & celeriac, cabbage, potatoes, leeks, and radishes. Strong scented herbs planted near beans may discourage bean beetle.
USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS
Prepare your green beans by rinsing them in cold water to remove any dirt that may be on them.
Place clean green beans on a cutting board and, using a sharp knife, cut them into smaller pieces — around 1 or 2 inches apiece, depending on how long you want them. You may also decide to leave them whole, which is fine.
Fill a steamer basket with the amount of green beans you want to steam. The basket must be small enough to fit into a saucepan with a lid while leaving at least 1 inch of space between the bottom of the basket and the bottom of the pan.
For use as a dried bean:
Rinse dried, shelled beans to remove any dirt or dust that may be on them.
Soak them in plenty of cool water (they will expand a lot, so make sure that they have at least 2 inches of water covering them) with either 2 tablespoons yogurt, or 1 tablespoon of whey or lemon juice for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Cook gently with for 2-3 hours or until tender. Crock pots on high are great for this, or boil on the stove for 1 hour then put the hot pot in a “bean box”– a large wooden box filled with straw or old woolen blankets to insulate, and let stand overnight.