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    i brought some bean plants from a plant stall, they were labeled Runner beans.

    Now i did think they were getting of to a slow start, but turns out they are a type of i presume french bean.

    they look like french beans, but the beans are black/purple, any idea what variety these could be and do i cook them the same as ordinary french beans

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    Do you mean the inside beans are black purple or the pods are black/purple?

    There are lots of black/purple podded beans; could you post a photo so that we can have a look and see.

    Could be something like Cosse Violette; purple pods and climbers.....


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    the bean pods are black

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    Could be Purple Queen; but they look like these purple runner beans - so if they are - could you save some to dry off and swap with me? I have a chum who lost her friend to cancer; he was a marathon runner and died of cancer and we are currently on the loom out for purple runner beans [we were only talking about it last week]....

    http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgur...DNfPjAeN3MXDBQ
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    Zazen are you sure? They look for all the world like my climbing french ones always do - Blauhilde is the packet I have now. The stems and the pods are purple but cook to a green colour. The beans inside are white.
    Now that's interesting - found on a google search on the difference between a runner and a climbing french bean.

    Runner beans are a bean species, Phaseolus coccineus, with large seeds & usually red or pink flowers. Most runner beans are pole beans... hence the "runner" in the name.
    Any bean which climbs is a "pole" bean, and there are many types other than the runners above:
    - Lima beans, Phaseolus lunatus (which can be pole or bush)
    - Common beans, Phaseolus vulgaris (pole or bush)
    - Yardlong beans, Vigna unguiculata
    - Winged beans, Psophocarpus tetragonolobus
    - Hyacinth beans, Dolichos lablab
    and several lesser-known species.

    Usually when someone says "pole beans" with no other qualifier, they are referring to P. vulgaris.


    Blauhilde is phaseolus vulgaris - I do like my Latin, me!
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    Whooops - now what are the dogs getting up to?

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    zazen those look very purple, mine are more black, but you are welcome to some seeds.

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    Out of interest, why do you think they're runners Zaz? I don't grow them, but I assume runners to be fatter & flatter.

    To me, they look like Cosse Violette (frenchies).
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    jeanid have googled that and yes they look like mine

    thanks everyone for your help

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