Pole Snap Bean, Scalzo Italian (Organic)
Phaseolus vulgaris. Flat Green Pods, Rose Seeds. 65 days fresh, 95 days dry.
Pole Romano type bean with a slight curve to the pod. Large, 7-8″ flat beans are stringless and extremely tasty – Scalzo Italian is one of the best snap beans we have ever tasted. Plump, rose-colored seeds make it functional as a dual-purpose fresh and dry bean. We received seed for this bean as a wedding favor in 2011 from a longtime friend. The Montesano family has been growing Scalzo Italian in Sheep Ranch, Calaveras County, California for decades.
Direct sow 1″ deep May through late June in rows that are 1′ apart. Thin seedlings to 3-6″spacing. Protect early sowings from frost. Pole snap beans are productive over a long season and only need one sowing unlike their bush snap counterparts. Requires trellising; try T-posts and bailing twine or plant a few weeks after corn or sunflowers for a natural trellis.
Shell seeds from fully dry pods by hand or by dancing on them. Winnow to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter. Some cross-pollination may occur, but beans mostly self-pollinate.