French beans are among the best tasting legumes. It has a unique, earthy flavor that is very mild-toned. The Dwarf French beans seeds are very small and oval shaped. The outer skin of the seed is leathery and it has a strong smell of grass and earth.
It produces a small amount of large seeds, but the quality beans are not affected. It has been cultivated since 1830 by many experts across Europe. Today, it is grown in many places, including Latin America and Africa. You can easily grow your own French beans at home or you can buy it from farm gates and farmer's markets in your town or city. When buying Dwarf French beans from the farmer's markets, look for the stringless pods approximately one inch in length and two inches across.
The beans are available in different colors: red, orange, yellow, brown and black. French beans are drought tolerant and can grow up to two feet per year. They have a high protein content and do not digest well. The beans contain a natural herbicide called Artemisia vulgaris, which kills weeds and insects and improves soil fertility.
If you want to try out your own dwarf French beans, there are different ways of sowing them. The beans should be allowed to germinate in warm weather. During the first week of spring, place the seedlings in rows about six inches deep with a light covering of dirt beneath. This will ensure that the seedlings get enough sunlight.
The second week, remove the seedlings from their pots. Put them in an area where there is access to air and the soil is moist. Allow the seedlings to remain this way for about four to six weeks. During the third week, transplant the seedlings to a rectangular glass pot that has a drainage hole at the bottom. Make sure the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot are big enough to allow water to seep out.
One of the best ways of planting dwarf French beans is to use potting soil. This type of soil provides good drainage so there will be no need to water the plants. Another way of planting is to dig a hole in the earth where the beans are going to be planted. Place a dirt slab on the spot and pack in the soil evenly. If needed, add some organic mulch to the area.
When the seedlings emerge, they will have tiny leaves. Remove these with your hand gently. Gently press the seedlings against each other until the little leaves come out. The dwarf French beans will then form a ring. Hold the seedling firmly and flip it over so that it is now facing towards the outside.
Keep the seedlings in a warm sunny window until they sprout a couple of inches tall. As the seedlings grow you will see new leaves appear. The little green shoots will soon start to pop out. When the beans reach about 5 inches they are ready to harvest.
You can pickle the dwarf French beans too. Place them in a muslin bag inside a plastic pot or Tupperware dish with water. Put a few pieces of white bread in the dish too. When the water starts to boil place a piece of string over the top. Once the water is boiling you can take the string and tie into a knot near the top of the pot and squeeze the water through the knot. This will pickle the seedling and give it a nice sweet taste.
For cooking use the finest quality cooking tools and techniques. This is a very resilient and forgiving plant. However, if you harvest too much at one time, it could cause the beans to split. This is easily fixed by carefully digging up the plants and putting them in a pot or mesh basket for drying.
Drying and cooking will take patience and persistence. Be sure to follow the directions closely. If the seeds are properly stored they will last for years. They are a wonderful, unique addition to your diet.
It takes about three months for dwarf French beans to begin to grow. They are not a fast growing plant, so you won't be seeing them all year long. But they will continue to grow and fill your life with joy. Enjoy the delicious taste of these seeds as they add flavor to your meals.