Phaseolus vulgaris (climbing)

Common Climbing Bean
#722 American
NO SEED. Ex Koanga. Large pods (long, flat and broad) coloured green, splashed with purple.
#838 American Pea Bean
Excellent to eat when the bean is prominent in the pod (when the pods are about 75-100mm long). Tender and tasty. Alternatively, can be used as dried beans. "Can be eaten raw like snowpeas or cooked. Pods cook just like a green pea. Excellent eating/freezing." (Howard Farr)
#579 Anasazi
A dried bean, the same type as discovered in cliff dwellings from 1500’s used by Anasazi (Native Americans) in the hills of Arizona/New Mexico, S.W. USA, and still being grown locally.
#816 Bicolour Peans
Similar to Anasazi, but much taller and more vigorous at Kotare Vale (Martin's place). Seeds larger and rounder. Dual purpose. Young green beans stringless with excellent flavour when still flat. As beans grow larger inside become “crinkled”. Seeds good as shellout and as a beautiful dried bean: again good flavour (colour lost on cooking!). Flowers white, pods pale green. Ex Koanga.
#2 Blue And White French
Heritage French Bean, ex HDRA. Purple mottled pods, prolific.
#6 Blue Lake
(Also known as “White Crease Back”). Green, fleshy pods grow to 15cm and have a groove along their back. White beans. Easy to grow and quick maturing. A North American variety probably originating with Native Americans along the Missouri River and grown in the South from early date.
#497 Bob's Bean
Ex Koanga, found some years ago at a garage sale of an elderly woman in Christchurch. “During the Second World War her husband was captured & taken to a POW camp in northern Italy. He escaped & took to the mountains with the partisans to live as a guerrilla for a lengthy period. On repatriation back to NZ, he stood on parade, stripped to underwear & boots & passed inspection with his socks full of beans. While in Italy he had become very attached to these beans & was determined to grow them here on his return. A vigorous climber with large leaves (a little wind tender), growing to at least 2m. They very much resent being stopped in their upward growth. Only when they reach the top of what they are growing on do they flower, & then they flower all the way back down to their base. They have insignificant, tan coloured flowers, and wide, light green, stringless beans which are very fleshy & fat with a pronounced bump where each seed is. Beans are in bunches & are easy to find because of their colour. Apparently in Italy these beans are traditionally eaten with a dressing of crushed garlic steeped in olive oil. We find garlic butter is a great NZ substitute.” (1996 Koanga newsletter).
#666 Borlotti Brears
Grown by Gavin Greenwood since 1964, who in turn received it from Keith Brears (now deceased), who stole it from a bean exhibit belonging to Mrs Gordon Doyle at the Southbridge Flower Show some time in the 1950’s. Yellow and pink speckled pods, roundish speckled beans. Suitable for green beens or shell-out dry beans. Italian favourite.
#695 Borlotti Fire Tongue
NO SEED. Ex Kings Seeds.
#391 Borlotti Stoppa
Ex Koanga. Descended from the Italian Stoppa family. Grown for shell-out beans, steamed straight from pod or "freeflow" frozen. Pods large, beans streaky red.
#444 Bosnia
Gifted by Sharron McKenzie, ex Koanga.
#661 Cherokee Trail of Tears
A dentist of Cherokee descent passed this bean to USA’s Seed Savers Exchange in 1985, along with possibly the most poignant oral history for heritage seed: As white American settlers pushed south and west from the east coast, the native Americans of the Cherokee Nation were force marched from their Georgia homeland, west across the Appalachian mountains, and all the way to Oklahoma, 1500km away. This occurred during the winter of 1838-9 and four thousand perished. With them they carried this bean, which helped feed them, and to grow in their new “homeland”, and it became symbolic of their struggle for survival and identity. The bean is slightly square ended and glossy black. It is excellent as a dried/shellout bean, however originally its main use was to be ground up as flour. Cooked with blue and black corn (e.g. Hopi Blue Corn) the whole beans turned from black to blue when the ash of herbs was added (to release the B vitamins in the corn). You can simulate this by adding a little baking soda to the cooking pot. Young pods are also excellent as snap beans. The initially green pods ripen maroon, and dry to black and tan stripes. A climbing bean to 2.5m.
#703 Crimson Patterned
#872 Cypress
NO SEED. Grown from Koanga preservation pack 2010.
#694 Dalmation
NO SEED. Grown for 15 years, Hoon Hay, Christchurch, prior to that grown in Orewa, north of Auckland for approx 10 years. Believed to have come to NZ with Dalmatian gum diggers. Bean pods are green with purple markings that disappear when boiled. Freezes well.
#842 Dalmation
Believed to have been brought to New Zealand by Dalmatian gum diggers well over 100 years ago. Has long, fat and juicy stringless pods, with a light green skin and purple streaks that disappear when boiled. Excellent raw or cooked as a green bean. Freezes well.
#593 Duobokoi
Grown in Vancouver for many years and in Christchurch for several years. Wide, flat, yellow pods. Produces well all season. “The pods picked young are the tastiest fresh beans I’ve ever grown.” Dried beans are black haricot type.
#288 Dutch Climbing
Short flat green pods which are tender and beautiful to eat, tan & speckled purple beans can be used as dry beans. The plants are beautiful in autumn as the pods turn bright crimson.
#839 Dutch White
A very popular Dutch variety. Given to Mark Christensen by Maart Je Quivooy.
#583 Emu Bean
Ex Koanga. “A climbing butter bean”.
#843 Green Anellino
NO SEED. Ex Running Brook Seeds. “Unusual crescent shaped green bean 8-9cm long, rounded pods, have a delicious nutty flavour, entirely stringless even when quite mature, very prolific plants, a wonderful Italian heirloom”.
#834 Iraqi
NO SEED. Brought to New Zealand from Iraq. A Borlotti style bean that may have originated in Italy.
#665 Italian Climbing
Ex “Rangiora Probus”. Very similar to Romano Pole in shape & colour of seed, but slightly smaller. Productive, nice eating.
#820 Italian Flatbean (Peabean)
NO SEED. Sweet. Can be eaten raw or cooked.
#721 Karlene's Climbing
Small slender pods, early producer, green with purplish tinge.
#846 Kentucky Wonder Wax
#723 King Of The Blues
Lovely snap beans. Dark purple pods. Nice flavour. Go green when cooked. Leaves have purple tinge and flowers are pretty.
#833 Landfrauen Swiss
The website refers to these beans as 'perhaps the best tasting snap bean ever'.
#899 Lazy Wife
NO SEED. Ex Mark Christensons collection.
#840 Lebanese
Ex Running Brook Seeds. The seed of this bean is similar to a large pea bean seed, with a light beige colour. A shellout bean.
#836 Major Cook's
A unique bean with a fascinating history. Given to Mark Christensen by Graham Godsell, whose late wife's father Harold Luxton was wounded in France during the 1st World War. In 1919 he returned there to work as a gardener for the Imperial and Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He worked under a Major Cook and between them, over many years, they 'bred' a bean to their liking. His daughter Sylvia Luxton came to New Zealand in 1953. Graham says that he and his late wife grew Major Cook's Beans for many years. An excellent review of this variety is available on the internet:
#640 Market Wonder
Ex Koanga. White bean, vigorous climber.
#169 Marvel Of Venice
“A very fine old variety”. Small black beans.
#835 Mr Ineson's
A prolific bean that can be eaten green and are always stringless. A 100 year old variety given to Mark Christensen by Helen Walker.
#832 Nell's
Start off with a green pod that gets dark stripes as it matures and then turns a stunning scarlet colour all over as it hangs on the vine. Given to Mark Christensen by Ruth Managh.
#841 Paul Bunyon Giant
NO SEED. Ex Running Brook Seeds. Described as a giant bean, with pods up to 30cm long by 2.5cm wide, light green with distinctive purple-brownish markings. Vigorous and productive plants.
#483 Pea Beans
Short green bean, prolific, nutty flavour. Late season.
#710 Purple Climbing
#754 Purple King
Purple tinged leaves and pretty purple flowers. Good producer. Flat purple pods which lose their colour when cooked.
#729 Romano Pole
Very productive slightly curved flat green pods. Nice eating when tender, has large seeds.
#445 Selugia
#493 Wonder Gold
Gifted by Clive Morgan, Te Kuiti: “Incredible taste. Ex “Erica Vale”. Seeds bought at Mitre 10.” Our guardian reports: “Beautiful yellow pods about 200mm long, look great in flower arrangements”. Butter bean