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Black Turtle Beans

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Phaseolus vulgaris

  • Very popular in Latin American dishes and a really meaty meat substitute!
  • A store cupboard essential!
  • Grow just as you would Dwarf French beans and then dry for later use.

Supplied as a packet of approximately 250 seeds

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Very closely related to Dwarf French Beans or Ground Beans, Black Turtle Beans have been grown in Latin America for over 7000 years and are more a less a 'staple'; Frijoles Negros or Black Bean Burritos are possibly their most popular uses - we particularly like to make a version of refried beans with them which really emphasises their lovely rich flavour.

The dense and meaty flesh of these also make them perfect for using as a meat substitute in vegetarian burgers or similar. But the versatility does not stop there,  as the water they are boiled in before use takes on a rich purple black colour making it a great base (both in flavour and colour) for soups and broths.

Being high in Anthocyanins they have also been promoted as a 'Super Veg'.

You grow these as you would Dwarf French Beans, but instead of harvesting and eating fresh (you can) you are best to simply let the pods dry before shucking to give you a crop of beans that will last a year or so - these are a store cupboard essential! Should you decide to harvest and eat as you would French Beans please note that they do not take on their full colour until the have dried

  • For Growing Outside
  • Sow mid April to mid July 3" (7.5 cm) apart in rows 18" (45 cm) apart
  • Sow in 2" (5 cm) deep drills.
  • Whilst there is no need to provide any support whatsoever, you will find that the crop will stay cleaner and more off the ground (so easier to pick) if you use pea sticks or similar to a height of a couple of feet (60cm).
  • For Growing Under Protection
  • Sow March to May 3" (7.5 cm) apart in rows 18" (45 cm) apart.
  • Sow in 2" (5 cm) deep drills.
  • You can also grow in large tubs or pots.
  • Whilst there is no need to provide any support whatsoever, you will find that the crop will stay cleaner and more off the ground (so easier to pick) if you use pea sticks or similar to a height of a couple of feet (60cm).
  • Top Tips
  • These thrive in warm conditions and so are an ideal crop to grow under protection - greenhouse or polytunnel.
  • Whilst they will prove drought tolerant, good watering from flowering time onwards will ensure maximum pod development.
  • Mulch around the stems in early Summer.
  • Allowing the pods to dry on the plant before picking and shucking will ensure the largest and darkest beans.
  • For late crops they can be harvested and final dried in a dehydrator to maximise storage life.
  • Should you decide to harvest and eat as you would French Beans please note that they do not take on their full colour until the have dried.
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This product is subject to group discount if you are buying multiple products from the same pricing group. Other products in this group are...
Dwarf French Bean Seed 'Hildora'
Dwarf French Bean Seed 'Purple Queen'
Dwarf French Bean Seed 'Tendergreen'

How To...

How to Sow & Grow Beans
Detailed advice on sowing and growing beans of all kinds outside and under protection. Includes information on watering and pest control.

General Information

A Note About Our Seed Packets & Seed Counts
Information on Victoriana's method of packeting seed, including information on the seed packets. Also details on Victoriana's seed guarantee.

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Get Your Kids Into Gardening
An article about encouraging children to garden written by Stephen Shirley that appeared in Grow Your Own magazine

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