French Beams – Blauhilde

There are plenty of good reasons why it’s always worth trying out new and different varieties of even the most traditional of allotment staples. Different varieties can produce exciting variations in taste, productivity, disease tolerance, suitability to your soil, size, texture and much more. However, for the Blauhilde variety of climbing french beans it’s all about the colour!

Glorious Purple Beans
Glorious Purple Beans

Instead of the more typical green, Blauhilde produces french beans with a striking rich purple colour.  Both of the flowers and stems are also a lovely vibrant purple colour making Blauhilde a very pleasing ornamental addition to the plot as well. Although, much to my initial disappointment the beans are still green on the inside. As with the majority of purple vegetables, the purple exterior will also sadly turn to green when cooked.

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A worthy ornamental addition to any plot (or garden border!).

Blauhilde is a mid-season variety of climbing french bean and tends to crop vigorously over a long period provided you keep up with harvesting beans. The beans are stringless and I tend to harvest them when they’re anywhere between 8 – 12 cm long. In terms of taste, nothing really sets them apart and they’re just as delicious as the usual green french beans. All in all, even if I didn’t have an allotment I’d grow Blauhilde in my borders as an ornamental with  an edible bonus!

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