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. IMPORTANT –  please also see our notes below the list.

AURIE DE BACAU CLOSE UP

AURIE DE BACAU

Large flat golden beans. Absolutely delicious taste. Pods that melt in the mouth! Only does well if we get a good summer. Organic seed.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
BERNER BUTTER Climbing French Bean

BERNER BUTTER

Extremely prolific. Quite late maturing. Mottled pods. Good for pods.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
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BIRD’S EGG HORTICULTURAL

Beautiful red stripy pods. For pod stage and for shelling. Prolific harvest.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
BIRD'S EGG NO. 3

BIRD’S EGG No. 3

Beautiful bright red, slightly mottled pods. These swell up with huge seeds, so good for shelling out for winter casseroles! AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
black-croatian-climbing-french-bean

BLACK CROATIAN

Late maturing bean but worth waiting for! Really excellent flavour. Black seeded variety.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
blue-coco-climbing-french-bean

BLUE COCO

Huge harvest of purple bean pods. Top performer!  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
BLUE QUEEN Climbing French Bean

BLUE QUEEN

Purple pods and a really large harvest.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
BOLSA Climbing French Bean

BOLSA

Lots of green pods. Polish variety. Great bean.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
bridgwater-climbing-french-bean

BRIDGWATER

Mottled pods for shelling only.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
brienzer-climbing-french-bean

BRIENZER

Delicious flavoured beans. Medium sized mottled pods and mottled seeds.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
britas-footlong-climbing-french-bean

BRITA’S FOOTLONG

Very long pencil-shaped green beans. Prolific.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
carters-polish-climbing-french-bean

CARTER’S POLISH

Huge harvest of beans for eating at pod stage and for shelling out. Dark purple pods. Lovely round pinkish seeds, a delight to shell out. Does very well whatever kind of UK summer!  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
caseknife-climbing-french-bean

CASEKNIFE

White seeds. Flat green pods. Good flavour.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
celinas-flat-wide-climbing-french-bean

CELINA’S FLAT WIDE

Large flat green bean pods of excellent flavour.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS

CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS

Black seeds. Slim purple pods, good for eating young. Although the seeds are small-ish, they are great for drying and use in casseroles. Very popular variety.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019   
£1.95
debs-creek-climbing-french-bean

DEB’S CREEK

Unusual bicolour seeds, half white half speckled. Good harvest.Good for pods or shelling.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
dinahs-climbing-blue-climbing-french-bean

DINAH’S CLIMBING BLUE

Lots of purple pods and early harvest. Good for pods.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
district-nurse-climbing-french-bean

DISTRICT NURSE

Large stripy purple pods for shelling only. Plump seed.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
fortex-climbing-french-bean

FORTEX

Unusually long slender pencil shaped green beans. Good for pods.   AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
gramma-walters-climbing-french-bean

GRAMMA WALTERS

Dark purple pods. Large harvest. Shelling only.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
haricot-des-paysannes-climbing-french-bean

HARICOT DES PAYSANNES

Superb bean for pod stage. Also known as Berner Landfrauen and Cor des Alpes.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
italian-snap-climbing-french-bean

ITALIAN SNAP

Large stripy black and white/tan seeds. Large mottled pods. Good for pods or for shelling out the seeds.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
kew-blue-climbing-french-bean

KEW BLUE

Purple pods and lots of them.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
LABLAB BEANS

LABLAB BEANS

Also called Hyacinth Beans. Very decorative plant that can grow up to 2 metres. The violet flowers are attractive and the purple pods are flat, blunt and slightly curved. Small young pods can be cooked and eaten whole. Often grown as an ornamental climbing plant up a trellis or over an arch. Lablab purpureus - different species to French bean.  AVAILABLE AGAIN END OF NOVEMBER 2019    
£1.95
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.  AVAILABLE AGAIN END OF NOVEMBER 2019   
£1.95
MADEIRA MAROON

MADEIRA MAROON

Beautiful red striped pods. Shelling only. AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
major-cook-climbing-french-bean

MAJOR COOK

Striped purple pods. Good for shelling only.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
meuch-climbing-french-bean

MEUCH

Really excellent bean of delicate flavour.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
northeaster-climbing-french-bean

NORTHEASTER

Very large flat green pods.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
OJO DE CABRA

OJO DE CABRA

EYE OF THE GOAT. Large seed for shelling out for winter casseroles. Very pale whitish-brown seed with a stripe through like in a goat's eye. Late maturing but well worth waiting for. AVAILABLE AGAIN END OF NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
old-homestead-climbing-french-bean

OLD HOMESTEAD

Good reliable bean for late season. Many pods.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
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 AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
PEA BEAN CLOSE UP

PEA BEAN

A multi-purpose bean. Pick pods when young and tender and cook whole. Or leave to swell and then shell out like peas. Or can leave seeds to dry in the pods and shell out for storing for use in winter casseroles. Organic seed.  AVAILABLE AGAIN END OF NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
purple-giant-climbing-french-bean

PURPLE GIANT

Many purple pods. Tan seeds. Good harvest.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
purple-prize-climbing-french-bean

PURPLE PRIZE

Many purple pods. Delight to shell too. Curved seed.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
rattlesnake-climbing-french-bean

RATTLESNAKE

Striped patterned pods. Thin and flat. Great flavoured pods.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
ruth-bible-climbing-french-bean

RUTH BIBLE

Mother Earth kind of bean pods to feed everyone. Smallish pods but lots of them. Seeds for shelling.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
ryders-blue-coco-climbing-french-bean

RYDER’S BLUE COCO

Very prolific bean. Early harvest. Purple pods.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
ryders-top-o-the-pole-climbing-french-bean

RYDER’S TOP O’ THE POLE

Climbs straight up fast. Great green bean. Prolific.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
schone-von-richigen-climbing-french-bean

SCHONE VON RICHIGEN

Excellent bean for pods.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
st-anthony-climbing-french-bean

ST. ANTHONY

Large round seed with whitish seeds with maroon marking. Late harvest. Prolific. Good for pods and shelling.   AVAILABLE AGAIN  IN NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
TARBAIS

TARBAIS

White seeds with wonderful texture for absorbing flavours in a casserole. Not good for pod stage. Please note that true Tarbais beans have PGI status. Ours have been grown in UK not in the Tarbes region of France.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
tiger-bean-climbing-french-bean

TIGER BEAN

Black and white/tan striped seed. Pods also striped. Delicate flavour. Grown for pods.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019  
£1.95
tresnjevac-climbing-french-bean

TRESNJEVAC

Round seed, most unusual colours grey striped with purple. Quite late maturing but lots of slightly striped pods. Pod stage but usually grown for shelling.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95
trout-bean-climbing-french-bean

TROUT BEAN

Beautiful trout-coloured seed!. Drying bean. Lots of seed.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019   
£1.95
tung-climbing-french-bean

TUNG

Oval brown seeds. Large harvest. Terrific bean. For shelling or pod stage.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
tunny-beans-climbing-french-bean

TUNNY BEAN

Bicoloured seed pink and white. Lots of smallish pods. For pods or shelling.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019 
£1.95
veitchs-climbing-climbing-french-bean

VEITCH’S CLIMBING

Smallish pods for eating, or mainly grown for beautiful maroon seeds for shelling.  AVAILABLE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2019
£1.95

This bean list is special. PLEASE ORDER ONLY ONE PACKET PER BEAN VARIETY  (YOU MAY ORDER ANY NUMBER OF VARIETIES!), and do grow on some of your bean plants for saving some of your own seed for the following year! We send out once only the variety/varieties you ask for. It is important then to look after your plants and save seed from them so that you become independent of us! When you have plenty of seed, give some away to other growers and give them information about how to save seed too. Remember to label the varieties. Please order heirloom bean seed by mid May at the latest. Our recommended sowing time is the end of May which will allow the beans to grow to maturity and set seed within the 4 summer months. 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 (same variety) just for seed-saving (approx. 6 plants). Give at least 5 metres distance between varieties. See our pages on BEAN CULTIVATION and on SEED SAVING

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 mid-end November each year. At this time our list will change from one year to the next depending on what we decided to grow out in the summer. We have to offer these bean seeds 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 reiterate that 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, write down for them the name of the bean variety, and ask them to grow, save and give away seeds themselves to others. If you are concerned about your success with this, we suggest you practise for one season with a variety from our organic bean list.  Once you get the hang of it, go for a special bean. Growing your own seeds will make you friends, 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