Scarlet Runner and Valentine as snap beans

dvdgzmn(Sunset 17 SF CA)September 11, 2005

I just got 1 lb bags of these beans at a farmer's market. These are mainly for eating, but thought I might plant a few next spring. The guy who sold them said the (black) Valentine makes a good snap bean, but wasn't sure about the Scarlet Runner. Anybody have opinions about either as snap beans?

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suze9(z8b Bastrop Co., TX)

I use scarlet runner as a snap, but it needs to be picked when young and small. Wonderful flavor, but doesn't produce well in the heat (more of a fall crop for me).

    Bookmark   September 12, 2005 at 5:40AM
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Raymondo(Armidale, NSW)

Runner beans are commonly used as snap bean in cooler climes, particularly in the UK. They don't set pods well in the heat.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2005 at 8:16AM
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gardenlad(6b KY)

Both the Black and Red Valentines make superlative snap beans.

The Black Valentine produces a bush about 24" high, loaded with straight, stringless green pods about 6" long. If they get away from you, don't worry. It's also a pretty good dry bean.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2005 at 5:04PM
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