Organic Dwarf French Bean ‘Barlotto Di Fuoco’


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Barlotto di Fuoco is an Italian heirloom from the 1800’s. The name translates to ‘Tongue of Fire’.

This is a dwarf variety which grows to around 60cm and produces green pods with beautiful bright red streaks.

This type of bean is the italian version of a kidney bean. They can be picked young and enjoyed like any other french bean or you can leave them to mature for a really good drying bean to use over winter.

The beans should be sown in pots or large modudes under cover in the spring and be planted out after the last frost. Alternatively you can direct sow them after the risk of frost has passed. The plants will benefit from small supports to keep them upright. They can be harvested when the pods are around 12cm in length.

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.