Bush Dry Bean, Borlotto del Valdarno (Organic)
Phaseolus vulgaris. Tan Speckled. 90 days.
Beautiful, classic borlotti bean with an elongated shape. Borlotto del Valdarno beans are tan with maroon speckles and stripes. The color pattern is similar to some horticultural and cranberry beans. Delicious delicate flavor perfectly suited to pasta e fagioli (aka, pasta fasul / fazool), the classic Italian pasta and bean soup. A generalist in the kitchen, it also makes great refried beans. This is one of the most dependable and productive beans we grow, alongside Brighstone and Rosso di Lucca. When we grew dry beans for market we could always count on Borlotto del Valdarno. Collected by Seed Ambassador Kayla Preece in 2006 from Agricultori Custodi, a seed preservation group in Tuscany, Italy.
Direct sow 1″ deep May through June in rows that are 1′ apart. Thin seedlings to 3-6″ spacing. Protect early sowings from frost. Stop irrigating in early August. Harvest beans from pods that are fully dry. Shell by hand, by dancing, or by driving on beans spread on a tarp. Winnow to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter.
Some cross-pollination may occur, but beans mostly self-pollinate. For more info on growing dry beans, check out our blog post at: seedambassadors.org/we-love-growing-dry-beans-you-might-too/