OH. “The best tasting snap bean ever!” A claim made by American seed saver Lisa Von Saunder of Amishland Seeds. We received this bean from the Heritage Food Crops Research Trust. Also known by the name Berner Landfrauen. Berner is Bernese in Swiss German and Landfrauen translates to “woman of the land”. The name suggests it comes from the rural areas around the city of Bern in Switzerland. A Romano type, Swiss climbing bean, with long flat stringless pods that are green with purple streaks filled with cream-coloured long beans with purple flecks when dry.
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.