Short review: Romano Purpiat

My favorite new bean for this season….so far!

We just devoured the first picking of “Romano Purpiat” beans, a variety I’ve never grown before, and I must say they were absolutely delicious…tender, flavorful, stringless. Of course, they turn bright green when cooked, but the young ones are delicious raw, crunchy and not exceedingly starchy in flavor. According to the Territorial Seed catalog, they are a good variety to tolerate early spring cool conditions, so I figured they’d also be okay during the cooler evenings that early autumn brings. The 5″ flat pods were abundant, a 6′ row providing just the right amount for the two of us, with LOTS of younger pods for the next picking. This open-pollinated variety grow about 24″ tall…next year I’ll plant them on some pea fencing so they don’t sprawl into the path or onto a neighboring row. They matured in slightly less than the 60 days listed, which was fine with me, and made a yummy change from the “Jade II” variety we’ve been eating recently. The succession plantings of smaller quantities has been much better this year, with fewer beans given away. Definitely WON’T be giving away any of these beautiful “Romano Purpiats!” If you haven’t grown them, give them a try.


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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