French Bean – Purple Teepee

I grew purple teepee attracted by the idea of having wonderful purple beans easy to see above the foliage. This was for both looks with the wonderful colour contrast between purple and green but also ease of harvesting I’ve always found purple beans hard to see against the earth.

I found these sadly lacking on the “displaying above the foliage” part. As you can see from the photo, all but the smallest of beans sinks below. These dwarf bean plants can be sown direct, approximately 1-2 inches deep after the last frost or about three week before indoors and then transplanted. Keep moist but not wet until shoots emerge. They don’t need support.

Eating – These are probably not the best flavoured bean in the world but look distinctive, remain string less even when quite large. Pick young though as the pods fill quickly. The beans will loose their nearly all their cooking so steam and serve al dente for best texture and colour.

Plant health and yield – The plants are strong and quite quick to mature. Each plant will provide several meals. If you don’t want to freeze your beans it is wise to stagger your sowing by a couple of weeks to prevent a glut as the beans do mature at roughly the same time. Beans may re flower after harvesting to a lesser extent.