AUNT ADA’S

811 – Aunt Ada’s Italian

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Certified Biodynamic and Organic

HEIRLOOM came to Colorado from Italy with the Botanelli family circa 1900.

6 ft. vines with a prolific set of small 3 in. flattened pods. In summer, we can hardly let a meal go by without including this delectable green bean. The taste is best if picked when the outline of the beans are bulging in the green pod, and steamed about 15 to 20 minutes; it’s like a small buttery snap lima bean. When we shared this variety with friends, they said it was the best green bean they’d ever eaten!

This is a great dual purpose bean, and is used as a dried bean as well. To use dried, allow beans to fully ripen and pods turn brown. In the fall and winter, the unusual square tan dried beans are delicious cooked as soup beans. ≈68 seeds/oz.

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DAYS TO HARVEST
55-60 days if using as a snap bean. Let grow till the pods brown if using as a soup bean.

SOWING
Sow beans 1-2″ deep. It is recommended to soak beans 2-6 hours prior to planting.

LIGHT PREFERENCE
Full sun

SOIL REQUIREMENTS
pH 6.5-6.8

PLANT HEIGHT
Climbing to around 6′

PLANT SPACING
Pole beans need support of a trellis or fence. Plant seeds 1″ to 2″ deep, 5-6″ apart, in rows 4′ apart within an inch or two of the trellis or pole. For a tepee method, plant 6 to 7 seeds around each pole.

HARDINESS ZONES
Beans are NOT hardy and will die with light frost.

HARVEST
We find the taste is best for eating fresh if picked when the outline of the beans are bulging in the pod usually around when pods are 3″ long. To use as a soup bean, allow beans to stay on the plant until brown. For long-time storage, dry pods and then shell the unusual square tan dried beans.

COMPANION PLANTING
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

 

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Size

S = 1 oz, L = 4 oz

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