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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).

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.

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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