How To Germinate Runner Beans
Runner beans are an interesting type of legume that is eaten around the world. In fact, they are among the healthiest legumes available today. This article will give you a basic overview of what this little seed is all about. And it will tell you why I think it's a superior choice over the popular type of kidney bean on supermarket shelves.
Runners are exotic species of legume. They have a distinct, tasty taste that's not found in other types of beans. To enjoy the health benefits of runner beans seeds, you can harvest the seeds from young pods before they're cooked or eat the pod when cooking.
One of the things that set runner beans apart from most other kinds of legumes is that they are highly prone to the Hummingbird Extension. The Hummingbird is a wild bird in Central America who picks at the bean pods. The seed inside is secreted through this process and contains lots of antioxidants - much more than any other bean. This means that eating a bit of hummingbird-approved Runner bean will provide you with as many antioxidants as you'd get from three whole tomatoes.
Runner beans are also good for diabetics. They contain lignin, which are similar to the compounds found in aspirin. If you've ever eaten a jar of aspirin, then you've tasted the bitter taste. Manufacturers of runner beans have found a way to make the bean taste like aspirin without the harmful toxins - all while keeping its natural antioxidant properties. As a result, more people are choosing to include this seed as part of their daily health regimen.
In addition to providing plenty of nutrients for the human body, runner beans also make for a great snack food. Available in young pods, these little beans are easy to chew and therefore don't cause too much of a demand for sugary snacks. If you prefer to bring a sandwich to work, you can grab some young pods with some softened butter or sour cream on them. If you're buying the beans at the store, be sure to read the package to make sure that it contains no artificial additives. There are some brands of runner that use artificial flavoring as an additional selling point. These may be safe to eat, but there's no real nutritional value.
Runner beans also come in a convenient form: dried pellets. These convenient packets of seeds, however, won't keep you energized as they lack the plant's own oil that provides some of its energy. When purchasing dried pellets, look for those that are full sun Certified and are produced without any added oils or chemicals.
To germinate your beans seeds, place one pod per square inch inside a three inches deep container filled with clean water. You will want to place your seeds face down. Keep your seedlings' exposure to light to a minimum, as too much light can cause the ph level of your soil to become too acidic. Keep your seeds away from other plants in your garden as well, as their leaves could also attract insects that will harm your germination. Avoid planting your seedlings too close to other species of plants in your garden. Keep your seedlings out of direct sunlight as well; direct sunlight can cause the swings as well.
Once your seedlings have sprouted, be sure to remove them immediately from their pots to prevent the loss of moisture. It is also important not to overwater your young pods. Be sure to keep your seedlings properly watered until they are fully developed. Once your beans are approximately four to six inches tall, transplant them outdoors and enjoy your heirloom seeds as your healthy green, healthy plant grows.