Royalty Purple Podded
Bred by the Late Elwyn Meader at the University of New Hampshire and introduced in 1957. Professor Meader was a deeply religious Quaker who introduced over 60 new varieties in his lifetime. Distinctive purple foliage, flowers and pods. Pods tend to curve slightly and grow 5″ long.
Royalty Purple Pod Bean History
Royalty Purple Pod Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) Bred by the Late Elwyn Meader at the University of New Hampshire and introduced in 1957. Professor Meader was a deeply religious Quaker who introduced over 60 new varieties in his lifetime. Distinctive purple foliage, flowers and pods. Pods tend to curve slightly and grow 5″ long. Pods turn green when blanched. Beans will germinate well in cold wet soil. 50-55 days.
Growing Royalty Purple Podded
Beans need 8 hours of sun or more each day. Beans will grow in partial shade but the harvest will not be full. Grow beans in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Prepare planting beds in advance by working 2 to 3 inches (5-7cm) of aged compost into the soil. Avoid planting beans where soil nitrogen is high or where green manure crops have just grown; these beans will produce green foliage but few beans. Beans prefer a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.8.
Beans grow best in temperatures between 50° and 85°F (10-29°C). The optimal growing soil temperature for beans is 60° to 85°F (15-29°C). Start beans indoors as early as 3 or 4 weeks before the average last frost to get a head start on the season. Start beans indoors in biodegradable peat or paper pots that can be set whole into the garden so as not to disturb plant roots. Beans may not survive transplanting if their roots are disturbed.
Set transplants in the garden two weeks after the last frost. Start beans from seed in the garden two weeks after the last frost. Sow bush beans every two weeks for a continuous harvest or follow bush beans with longer-maturing pole beans. Beans will not set pods in temperatures above 80°F (26.7°C). Time your plantings to avoid hot weather. Beans can continue in the garden until the first frost in fall. In mild-winter regions, beans can be sown in autumn for winter harvest.
Preserving And Storing Royalty Purple Pod Bush Bean
Can you freeze raw beans? Yes, absolutely! beans are a vegetable that takes well to freezing and are easy to use in recipes from frozen.
Garden Bean Royalty Purple Pod Recipe
Green beans contain many essential vitamins, including folate. One cup of raw green beans contains 33 micrograms (mcg) of folate, almost 10 percent of the daily recommended value. Folate is a B vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects and other birth defects. Purple Podded Green Beans Contain the following:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Other vitamins
- vitamin K:
- vitamin B
- vitamin E
Other Bean Varieties Worth Checking Out
Cantare Bush Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) The best green bean variety that we offer for the home gardener or professional grower. Year-after-year cantare beans out perform most other bush varieties in our trials. 15-18″ plants produce loads of rounded pods.
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.