Black Valentine Bean

Phaseolus vulgaris | SKU: 0201A-P50
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  • Bush bean
  • Black seeds
  • Prolific and dependable
  • Cool weather tolerant
  • Snap or dry bean
  • 50-55 days
  • ±1,300 seeds/lb

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Introduced in 1897 by Peter Henderson & Company. Shiny black seeds in 6" pods. A great dual purpose variety, use for fresh snap beans or dry soup beans. Prolific and dependable. Tolerant of cool temperatures. Bush habit, snap or dry, 50-55 days. ±1,300 seeds/lb.

Learn to Grow Black Valentine Bean

Direct Seed: 2" Apart

Seed Depth: 1"

Rows Apart: 36-48"

Light: Full Sun

Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Harvest dry beans when the pods are completely mature and dry.

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My wife bought some seed of this variety at a local seed-savers exchange event some 15 years ago, and I have been growing it since. If you can catch the pods in the right week (two at the most), you will have great tasting green beans for fresh eating or processing. If you miss this window, plan to harvest a lot of dry black beans. They are the best dual purpose bean I have grown (and I have grown a lot of beans over my life). The only downside is that the beans are black -- OK if you like flavourful black-bean soup, but I find them a bit overwhelming in baked bean dishes. The upside of black is that they seem to be immune to fungus infections and can be planted in colder soil than white beans. Bottom line is that if you like/use black beans, you cannot go wrong with this variety.