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This borlotti bean variety is one suited to our cooler climate. Grow borlotti beans and eat the pods small and tender or allow them to reach full size and eat the beans inside.
They're delicious in soup, or as a borlotti bean ratatouille with lots of fresh coriander and flakes of Parmesan. On a line of canes, it will climb to about 2 metres and makes one of the most ornamental vegetables you can grow.
See Sarah make a beautiful floral arrangement using Borlotti Bean 'Lingua de Fuoco' in her 'How to Make an Autumn Wreath' video.
|Variety:||Borlotti Bean 'Lingua de Fuoco 2' (organic)|
|Type:||Half-Hardy Annual Climber||Site:||Any well-composted, moist ground.||Sowing:||Soak seed for half an hour before sowing. Sow under cover from mid-March or direct sow outside (5cm deep) after the last frosts from mid May to July.||Height:||2 metres||Spacing:||Plant out seedlings (in late May) when they are 5cm tall, spacing them 25cm apart, against their support cane.||Care tips:||Good disease resistance. Cut down to the ground when finished cropping - leaving the roots to enrich the soil.||Harvest:||August - October. May be eaten as green pods but mainly grown for their delicious beans inside.||Cooking Notes:||Ideal for freezing. The fresh beans taste wonderful.|