Heirloom Organic Scarlet Runner Bean Seeds (10)
60-70 days. Annual. One of the oldest runner beans in existence. Already well-known in 1735 according to The Gardener’s Dictionary by English botanist Philip Miller; listed in America as early as 1806 by McMahon. Used for ornamental purposes or as a vegetable: small snap pods or green shell beans. Can substitute for limas in cooler climates.
The scarlet runner is a visually stunning vine plant that produces beans, as well as small, red, heart-shaped flowers. The rate at which these vines grow is impressive; they can get up to twenty feet in length in a single season! With the vines and flowers being a breathtaking addition to your garden, the beans can be harvested and consumed after cooking, making these vines both beautiful and productive. Also known as Scarlet conqueror, fire bean, mammoth, red giant, scarlet emperor & white dutch runner. Their abundant red, pink, or bicolor blooms are attractive to hummingbirds, and this plant is often used as an ornamental.
Pods have a rich, delicious flavor, and should be picked when fairly short, between four and six inches, and used as snap beans. Once the pods become too tough for snap bean use, the immature seed can be shelled out, or allowed to mature and dry. Dried runner bean seed can be cooked like dried common bean seed.