In 1898 Abel Steele of Ferguson, Ontario won a $25.00 prize for naming this new variety from Peter Henderson & Company, previously known as “New Green Bush Bean No. 1.” Heavy crops of excellent quality, brittle, stringless 6-7" pods. Productive plants grow up to 18" tall.
- 45-50 days
- ±1,300 seeds/lb
- Bush bean
- Snap bean
- Sprawling bush habit
- Stringless pods
- Extremely productive
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
When preparing your snap beans, clean off the ends and wash before roasting them with garlic and topping with parmesan cheese or adding them to your green been casserole.
These beans also have a short season, so try pairing them with new potatoes.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Harvest dry beans when the pods are completely mature and dry.
- Direct Seed: 2" Apart
- Seed Depth: 1"
- Rows Apart: 36-48"
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
These beans are so tough and stringy we cannot eat them. Bad news.
Good bean and flavor
Grew for the first time, 2021. These came up very well. Just picked for first time for dinner and they were good. (actually ate a few in the garden the day before) A little stringy but not too bad, not all beans had strings. Will probably grow these again.
Best bean on the market.
I have been planting these beans for a lot of years and they always make tasty, stringless beans. The secret to growing these beans is good fertile soil that drains well and plenty of water(about an inch a week). Pick them when they are about 5 inches long, and they will be tender, tasty and stringless Anything longer than that and the will start getting tough and stringy. The more you pick, the more they produce. I only pick twice as they are heavy producers. We usually can about 40 pints a year off 2 pickings. Best tasting heirloom bean I have eaten and highly recommend it.
Harvest early and often
I have grown these beans for more than 10 years and have found them to be very tender and tasty. The trick is to pick them when they are about 4 inches long and they will not be stringy. After growing different varieties of beans over the last 50+ years, I will stick with these.
Pole beans, not bush beans
by Tom MN
I bought this as a bush bean, but what I got was a few bush bean plants and a lot of pole beans. I reported this to SSE, but their response was "yeah, that happens sometimes." When I order bush beans, I expect to get bush beans. I am disappointed with this product and with SSE.
Seed Savers Exchange Response:
I apologize for the issue(s) you experienced with SSE. The probability of getting a seed packet of bush and pole beans is highly unlikely. As our catalog/online listing states, this bush bean has a sprawling bush habit. Often with older bush varieties they will send out short runners that can appear to look like the vines of a pole bean. We would be happy to send you a replacement packet. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love the flavor of these very productive plants. Pick early, pick often. They'll keep producing.