Climbing French beans seeds are an extraordinary choice for a seed cooker's collection. There is a great assortment of climbing French beans and also African Red Chili Beans. I prefer Climbing French Beans more than African Red Chili. The difference between the two is the taste. It is a close call, but African Red Chili tends to be more pungent to the Climbing French Beans tend to be more subtle.
I prefer the latter because I enjoy the peppery nature of the beans, but when I cook them they do not overheat very quickly. When it is time to add the beans to any recipe, I will throw a bean or two into the pan, and then I will go back for another. The climbing French beans I have found are great for roasting. They make great chili, baked beans, and even in bean dip.
For the most part, you can just buy them and save the seeds for use later. They store well. In fact, I keep some in my cupboard at all times. These days they come in nice packaging too. They are also dry up fairly quickly, which is great if you want to keep some around the house for quick snacks.
If you decide to try these beans, there are a few things that you should know before buying the seeds. First, the beans themselves are small, about the size of a pea, and they are firm. So, they do not easily germinate when you plant them. You do, however, have a better chance of success if you start out with young plants or seedlings.
Secondly, the taste is very similar to radish juice except it has a much stronger flavor. So, if you don't like radish juice you will love these French beans. They are much sweeter than radish juice but not by much. Still, you cannot go wrong with this particular variety, as they often taste better than salsa as well.
The climbing variety of French beans comes from South America. They were originally used in the farming and cooking of the Andes mountains. They make a delicious accompaniment to eggs and cheese. Try them on eggs sunny-side-up, with a little sour cream, and you will know exactly why they are so popular. It really is easy to like them.
When shopping for French beans it is important to choose those that are organic and not grown using harsh pesticides. If possible, choose ones that are free from chemicals. I like to read the labels and check to see that the beans are not fertilized with insecticides, herbicides, or pesticides. (I don't think I've ever read that one in print.) Check the variety of beans as well. See what others have said.
Once you've purchased your French beans, set them aside to continue to germinate. They should be able to go dormant for a few months. When the weather is warm, cover them to protect them from the elements. During winter, store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh. Your beans will keep producing good seeds for the next year if you take good care of them.
Climbing French beans can be stored in the refrigerator, out of the sun, or in a Tupperware container. If you store them warm, they will keep for up to 2 months. If you store them out of the sun or in a Tupperware container, you should place them in a cold draft-free area.
When buying your climbing French bean seed, try to get the biggest bag you can afford. They will produce more beans if they are crowded. The beans will also taste better if they are hand picked and dried on a hot brazier. If you plan to seed a lot of French beans, it is worth the extra money to buy bulk. It will save you time and make you feel better about your purchase.
Climbing French beans are available at many garden centers and seed stores. They are widely available on the internet as well. My favorite source is the Amazon. You can buy them shipped directly to your door by filling out a simple order form.
If you are new to growing your own vegetables or have no experience at all, I highly recommend that you go with the multi-grain version. They are easier to handle and taste much better. My personal favorite is the Italian version. You can't go wrong with either one! Enjoy your new French beans! They are delicious, easy to grow, and will make a wonderful addition to your family.