OP We were given this bean a few years ago by dear friends Jan and Geoff Speeden of Millstream Gardens. They have been growing this bean for 15+ years and have always known it as Liz’s Bumpy Bean. They believe their friend Liz got them from an old gardener in Hawkes Bay. They live up to their name and are best picked when quite bumpy. The skins stay soft and they do not get stringy. The more mature beans are deliciously creamy. A green bean that can be eaten fresh and freezes well or can be left to dry and store for winter soups and stews. A prolific climbing bean, producing many 2cm wide green beans or light brown beans when left to mature.
Sow in trays in glasshouse in September or direct in the garden when chance of frost has passed. From trays prick out when true leaves appear and transplant into fertile soil at 15-20cm spacing under a trellis for support. For autumn crop repeat sowing in January/February.