All About Dwarf Beans
The dwarf beans are also frequently referred to as French beans or round beans. These are frequently prepared in France not only in the green bean fashion, but also in terms of dried kidney beans. Physically they are extremely straight and relatively small in size. Throughout this article we will examine what dwarf beans are as well as how to grow, prepare, and cook them to your liking for a delicious side dish.
These beans are green in color and become soft when thoroughly cooked. Prepared like your typical green bean, they can be cooked whole or chopped into smaller sizes. For consumption they are generally served hot; however, some prefer to eat them while they are cool. As with most bean side dishes, the dwarf beans make a great side for anything from chicken to fish. Furthermore, they can be added to your salads to provide a bit more of a nutritional value.
When cooking be sure to “top and tail” them and wash them thoroughly. These beans they are typically boiled in water until they are tender. However, the exact amount of time cooked will vary depending on if you prefer them extremely tender or a bit crunchy. Aside from boiling, you can also steam them with amazing results.
When growing these beans, be prepared to have the plant grow approximately eighteen inches in height. The beans can be grown indoors our outdoors either in a pot or directly into the ground. Furthermore, they can also survive in artificial lighting. From the time you plant them, expect them to harvest about three months later. These plants are relatively easy to grow and generally do not require staking. One thing that makes these beans particularly easy to grow is their high level of tolerance to dry conditions.
Since this plant prefers dryness, be sure to avoid sowing the beans in cold or even wet soil. For specifics on sowing, it is best if you plant them at the beginning of April, which will have them harvest towards the end of June. Make sure to plant them at least two inches apart and two inches deep, and use light soil for the best results.
These beans need to be picked from your plant when they are still green and are relatively young in age. Again, as discussed above, you are able to cook the entire bean or cut it into pieces. It is recommended that you add fertilizer (organic of course) to the soil during the springtime to assist with proper growth. If you wish for these dwarf beans to grow continuously throughout the summer months, be sure to pick the beans and sow a new row of these beans every three to four weeks until the second or third week in July. Note that sowing these beans after the month of July is relatively pointless and proves to be a waste of time.
These crops absolutely hate frost, so areas that have late winters may have to hold off on sowing until the weather is bearable for this crop’s success. When you allow these beans to completely ripen you can produce Haricots (dried beans).
Anyone wishing to have a kitchen garden should be sure to add these dwarf beans to the mix. Sow them after the last frost of the year and expect harvesting approximately three to four weeks later. These beans can be cooked while they are young and green by boiling or steaming. Not only are they perfect for your family side dishes, but they are excellent in salads and consumed cooked yet cold. All in all, these beans are easy to grow and are a highly nutritional and delicious addition to your meal.