Runner Cannellini vs Cannellini vs Cannellini Gigande - help!
Could someone (gardenlad, zeedman, hint, hint) please clarify if I understand my cannellini beans correctly???
From what I understand, Runner Cannellini beans are very distinct in taste and appearance from regular Cannellini beans. They are still Phaseolus vulgaris, but larger and nuttier than Cannellini. Cannellini Gigande is yet another bean, but a white runnerbean from Phaseolus coccineus. Have I misunderstood? Are Cannellini Gigande and Runner Cannellini the same bean?
I am desperately (yes, desperately) trying to find some pure seed beans for runner cannellini. I accidentally ordered the eating runner cannellini beans from SSE, thinking they were seed stock. I wasn't particularly worried. I figured I'd eat those (yum) and just order seed stock from the yearbook. Much to my disapointment, the only runner cannellini beans were listed as Limited Quantity, which means, as a first year member, that I can't order them.
So, I emailed SSE to see if maybe the eating beans were grown in isolation and if could just plant them. I received a nice note back about how, no, they are not a hybrid so they could be planted.
So, I tried again. After two more emails of "they aren't grown here, we don't know", I asked if maybe they could contact the grower. Yes, maybe I was asking them to go above and beyond the call of duty, but if I'm planning on offering these beans next year, I'd like to know if they're the real thing.
I get back an email about how if I would look on page 80, plenty of cannellini beans are offered and that two cannellini beans are offered under runnerbeans. I was under the impression that neither of these were Runner Cannellini beans. I'm really hoping that I'm the one that's confused, because if SSE is the one that's confused, that's pretty sad.
Sorry for the rant. Should I just plant the eating beans and hope for the best?