Organic Climbing French Bean ‘Cobra’


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The Cobra bean is an incredibly popular french climbing bean. It has stunning purple flowers and produces lots of long, straight, stringless pods. It even looks stunning in an ornamental garden. It not only tastes fabulous but also crops over a long season so it is worth making space for this variety in your garden!

Sow the seeds in pots or large modules under cover in spring and plant out after the risk of frost has passed. Alternatively you can direct sow after the last frost. The plants will need supports to climb as they can grow to around 2m tall! Harvest when the pods are around 12cm long and pick regularly to encourage further production.

Seed Story

There are two types of French bean; climbing beans and bush beans. Both types originate from Central and South America and were brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus in 16th Century.

They became particularly common in France where they were known as ‘Haricots verts’ which translates to green beans although they can also be purple, red and yellow in colour, not just green!

French beans are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Fibre and Potassium

As with all beans, french beans should be cooked prior to eating as they contain the toxic protein Phytohaemagglutinin.