Unusual and heirloom bean seed

The heirloom bean list below is for Bean Club members. You can become a Bean Club member simply by ordering any of these seeds. Thereafter we will send you an annual e-newsletter to keep you up to date with the varieties available for you to grow. We will also tell you about any new ones we will be trialling. Recommended donation per variety £1.75. Thank you for supporting our conservation work. Please also see our notes below the list.

BERNER BUTTER Climbing French Bean

BERNER BUTTER

Extremely prolific. Quite late maturing. Mottled pods. Good for pods.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
birds-egg-climbing-french-bean

BIRD’S EGG HORTICULTURAL

Beautiful red stripy pods. For pod stage and for shelling.  AVAILABLE
black-croatian-climbing-french-bean

BLACK CROATIAN

Late maturing - worth waiting for! Excellent flavour . Black seeded variety.  AVAILABLE
blue-coco-climbing-french-bean

BLUE COCO

Huge harvest of purple bean pods. Top performer!  AVAILABLE
BLUE QUEEN Climbing French Bean

BLUE QUEEN

Purple pods and a really large harvest.  AVAILABLE
BOLSA Climbing French Bean

BOLSA

Lots of green pods. Polish variety. Great bean.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
bridgwater-climbing-french-bean

BRIDGWATER

Mottled pods for shelling only.  AVAILABLE
brienzer-climbing-french-bean

BRIENZER

Delicious flavoured beans. Medium sized mottled pods and mottled seeds.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
britas-footlong-climbing-french-bean

BRITA’S FOOTLONG

Very long pencil-shaped green beans. Prolific.  AVAILABLE
carters-polish-climbing-french-bean

CARTER’S POLISH

Huge harvest of beans for eating at pod stage and for shelling out. Dark purple.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
caseknife-climbing-french-bean

CASEKNIFE

White seeds. Flat green pods. Good flavour.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
celinas-flat-wide-climbing-french-bean

CELINA’S FLAT WIDE

Large flat green beans of excellent flavour.  AVAILABLE
cherokee-trail-of-tears-climbing-french-bean

CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS

Small black seeds. Slim purple pods. Very popular variety.  AVAILABLE
debs-creek-climbing-french-bean

DEB’S CREEK

Unusual bicolour seeds, half white half speckled. Good harvest.Good for pods or shelling.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
dinahs-climbing-blue-climbing-french-bean

DINAH’S CLIMBING BLUE

Lots of purple pods and early harvest. Good for pods.  AVAILABLE
district-nurse-climbing-french-bean

DISTRICT NURSE

Large stripy purple pods for shelling only. Plump seed.  AVAILABLE
fortex-climbing-french-bean

FORTEX

Unusually long slender pencil shaped green beans. Good for pods.   UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
gramma-walters-climbing-french-bean

GRAMMA WALTERS

Dark purple pods. Large harvest. Shelling only.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
haricot-des-paysannes-climbing-french-bean

HARICOT DES PAYSANNES

HARICOT DES PAYSANNES Superb bean for pod stage. Also known as Berner Landfrauen and Cor des Alpes UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
italian-snap-climbing-french-bean

ITALIAN SNAP

Large stripy black and white seeds. Large mottled pods. Good for pods or for shelling out the seeds.  AVAILABLE
kew-beetle-climbing-french-bean

KEW BEETLE

Delightful shiny blue-black seeds with dots. Snap bean for eating pods. UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
kew-blue-climbing-french-bean

KEW BLUE

Purple pods and lots of them.  AVAILABLE
lazy-housewife-climbing-french-bean

LAZY HOUSEWIFE

Large flat green pods slightly curved. Large tan seeds delicious in winter casseroles. Does well in hot dry conditions.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
madeira-maroon-climbing-french-bean

MADEIRA MAROON

Beautiful red striped pods. Shelling only.  AVAILABLE
major-cook-climbing-french-bean

MAJOR COOK

Striped purple pods. Good for shelling only.  AVAILABLE
meuch-climbing-french-bean

MEUCH

Really excellent bean of delicate flavour.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
northeaster-climbing-french-bean

NORTHEASTER

Very large flat green pods.  AVAILABLE
old-homestead-climbing-french-bean

OLD HOMESTEAD

Good reliable bean for late season. Many pods.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
oro-climbing-french-bean

ORO

Superb bean for all round performance. Large mid green pods. Delicious with delicate flavour as green bean, or large pink-tan seeds for shelling out fresh and cooking, or leaving to dry for winter use.  AVAILABLE
purple-giant-climbing-french-bean

PURPLE GIANT

Many purple pods. Tan seeds. Good harvest.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
purple-prize-climbing-french-bean

PURPLE PRIZE

Many purple pods. Delight to shell too. Curved seed.  AVAILABLE
rattlesnake-climbing-french-bean

RATTLESNAKE

Striped patterned pods. Thin and flat. Great flavour.  AVAILABLE
ruth-bible-climbing-french-bean

RUTH BIBLE

Mother Earth kind of bean to feed everyone.  AVAILABLE
ryders-blue-coco-climbing-french-bean

RYDER’S BLUE COCO

Very prolific bean. Early harvest. Purple pods.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
ryders-top-o-the-pole-climbing-french-bean

RYDER’S TOP O’ THE POLE

Climbs straight up fast. Great green bean. Prolific.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
schone-von-richigen-climbing-french-bean

SCHONE VON RICHIGEN

Excellent bean for pods.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
st-anthony-climbing-french-bean

ST. ANTHONY

Bicolour seeds large and round. Late harvest. Prolific. Good for pods and shelling.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
tiger-bean-climbing-french-bean

TIGER BEAN

Black and yellow/tan striped seed. Pods also striped. Delicate flavour.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
tresnjevac-climbing-french-bean

TRESNJEVAC

Unusual round seed, grey striped with purple. Quite late maturing but lots of slightly striped pods.  AVAILABLE
trout-bean-climbing-french-bean

TROUT BEAN

Beautiful trout-coloured seed!. Drying bean. Lots of seed.  AVAILABLE
tung-climbing-french-bean

TUNG

Oval brown seeds. Large harvest. Terrific bean.  UNAVAILABLE IN 2017
£1.75
tunny-beans-climbing-french-bean

TUNNY BEAN

Bicoloured seed pink and white. Lots of smallish pods.  AVAILABLE
veitchs-climbing-climbing-french-bean

VEITCH’S CLIMBING

Smallish pods for eating, or beautiful maroon seeds for shelling.  AVAILABLE
weinlanderin-climbing-french-bean

WEINLANDERIN

Lots of slender great tasting mottled pods. Late harvest.  AVAILABLE
zebrina-wild-horse-climbing-french-bean

ZEBRINA

Wild Horse bean. Tender striped pods. Late into harvest. Prolific.  AVAILABLE

PLEASE ORDER ONLY ONE PACKET PER VARIETY (YOU MAY ORDER ANY NUMBER OF VARIETIES!), and do grow on some of your plants for saving some of your own seed for the following year!  We usually give approximately 26 seeds per packet and recommend two tepee set-ups of bean plants – one for eating the pods (approx. 20 plants), and a separate one next to it just for seed-saving (approx. 6 plants).

You may notice that we now grow mainly climbing beans rather than dwarf varieties. Nowadays many people have small gardens with limited space so we advise growing a climber to get a larger crop for the space taken up. It takes a bit longer to get to the harvest stage, but the reward is greater!

Our harvest is ready in November each year. Our list will change every November from one year to the next depending on what we decide to grow out. We have to offer these on a first-come-first-served basis as we have limited stock. If you put our website into your Favourites and check the list as it changes in the autumn, you can best ensure you obtain the bean seeds you want.

NOTE  We are not year-on-year suppliers of the heirloom bean seeds on this list. We only send out these varieties on the understanding that some plants will be grown out for seed-saving for your future seed stock. When you have plenty of saved seed, give some seeds away to friends and ask them to do the same. This will save you money, and prevent these old varieties from becoming extinct, so that future generations can enjoy them too. Easy to do ! See our web pages