The Sunset Runner Bean is beloved for its ability to bring beauty and a nutritious crop to your garden plot. The beautiful salmon pink colored blooms are unique to the sunset variety of runner bean. The vines can grow to be six feet tall and make a wonderful climbing vine for arbors and trellises. Continually harvesting the pods will encourage the plant to keep producing until the first freeze.
While there are many varieties of runner beans, the sunset is unique in many ways. First, the seeds are a beautiful, dark black color. The climbing vines bear their beautiful pink blossoms early and continue to produce edible pods and beans during the growing season. While some beans have only one purpose in the kitchen, the Sunset Runner Bean is delicious when used as a fresh snap bean, canned or frozen for later use, or as a dried bean.
The Sunset Heirloom Runner Bean is one of the most beautiful plants that we grow in the garden at 1840 Farm. Its hardy vine and beautiful flowers are a constant throughout the summer.
We love to walk through the paths in between the raised beds and snap fresh pods straight off the vine. Most of them are eaten right in the garden and never make it back to the farmhouse. Those that do are blanched briefly before being sautéed lightly in butter. Either way, they’re a delicious, healthy treat straight from the garden.
The Sunset Heirloom Runner Bean is a member of The 1840 Farm Heirloom Seed Collection as part of our Three Sisters Garden Collection. All of the varieties in our collection are accompanied by plant profiles and planting instructions so that you can enjoy growing these varieties in your garden as much as we do here at 1840 Farm.
The original illustrations for our collection were created by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm. They are available for purchase in the Iron Oak Farm Shop on Etsy. The heirloom, non-GMO seeds in our collection are from family owned seed purveyor Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.
We hope that you will enjoy growing these heirlooms for your family’s table as much as we do. We invite you to share updates and photos from your garden, your animals, and your harvest with other members of The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook and Flickr.