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Scarlet Runner and Valentine as snap beans

Posted by dvdgzmn z10 SF CA (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 11, 05 at 23:10

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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RE: Scarlet Runner and Valentine as snap beans

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).


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RE: Scarlet Runner and Valentine as snap beans

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


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RE: Scarlet Runner and Valentine as snap beans

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.


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