Black Valentine Bean
(48 - 70 days) Grown before 1850, introduced by Peter Henderson & Co. in 1897. At one time, this bean was almost legendary amongst gardeners - it produces masses of delicious, tender, straight, 6" long green beans very early in the season. Leave some pods to dry on the bush and you'll also have an excellent dry black soup bean. Catalogues of the time described it as having "fine quality and delicate flavour". It's known for its hardiness, ability to grow in adverse growing conditions and resistance to bean mosaic.