Provider Bush Beans
Provider Bush Beans – Introduced in 1965 in South Carolina by horticulturist, Dr. Hoffman. Sturdy 16-18″ tall plants with straight 5-6″ pods borne in clusters. Widely adapted, stringless and good disease resistance. One of the best for freezing and canning. A real workhorse! 48-55 days.
Provider Bush Bean History
‘Provider‘ was bred and released by the USDA Vegetable Breeding Laboratory at Charleston, South Carolina in 1966. A high-yielding and early producing bean with great disease resistance to the bean common mosaic virus. High quality, round, straight beans 5-8″ long are produced in abundance on 18″ tall plants. Does well growing in a range of conditions.
Growing Provider Beans
Plant Provider Bush Beans one to two inches deep and two to three inches apart. Space the rows 24 to 36 inches apart. Once seedlings develop leaves, thin them so they’re six inches apart. In humid climates, allow more space between the plants for better airflow. Sprinkling an inoculate in the rows during planting enhances the beans’ nitrogen-fixing ability.
How To Preserve Provider Bean Plant
Pole or bush beans, like most vegetables, must be blanched before they can be frozen. Blanching stops enzyme actions that can cause loss of flavor, color and texture. Blanching works best if you heat 1 gallon of water to boiling in a large pot fitted with a wire basket, colander, or similar container. Add no more than 1 pound of green beans (4-6 cups) to the boiling water. If the water does not return to a boil within 30 seconds to 1 minute, then there are too many beans. Once the water returns to a boil, blanch beans for 3 minutes (4 minutes at elevations greater than 3500ft). After 3 minutes, remove the beans using the basket and plunge them into cold water or ice water. Click here to learn more
Cooking Heirloom Provider Bean
Bush beans are an amazing side dish for about any meal. They are tender and Delicious beans. Click here for an amazing recipe
Provider Bush beans are a moderate source of protein, dietary fiber, Vitamin C and beta carotene. Green beans also contain small amounts of calcium and other trace nutrients.
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