Bush Snap Bean, Beurre de Rocquencourt (Organic)
Phaseolus vulgaris. Yellow Pods. 50 days.
This delicate yellow wax bean is often the first to mature. Delicious buttery flavor, uniform size and shape for easy processing, and high yields make this a standout bush wax variety. Yellow pods can be picked when small as filet beans for extra tender texture. Plants grow well in cold and wet growing conditions in the beginning of the season, so they are well adapted to northern climates. According to Mother Earth News, “The variety takes its name from Rocquencourt, a town near Versailles. In the 19th and early 20th centuries Rocquencourt was famous for its fine vegetables, so the name carried the connotation of high quality. The bean evolved locally through selection and became fully recognized as a commercial variety in the 1930s.” Thanks for the intel Mother Earth News!
Direct sow 1″ deep beginning early May in rows that are 1′ apart. Thin seedlings to 3-6″ spacing. Protect early sowings from frost. Succession sowing every 3 weeks through late June will ensure continual harvest. Shell seeds from fully dry pods by hand or by dancing on pods. Winnow to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter.
Some cross-pollination may occur, but beans mostly self-pollinate.