A friend of mine (who has since moved to Spain) first introduced me to Judiones beans. Judiones beans are a Spanish delicacy: large, rich, delicious. They are a challenge to grow in our cool Pacific Northwest climate, but quite rewarding.
One must start them early in May and protect them from chill and slugs if they are to mature before the fall rains.
The flowers are beautiful, the pods thick. Each vine makes multiple pods, each pod has three to five beans inside. Ideally one waits until the pods are completely dry before harvesting.
The beans themselves are very large, both white and purple. They swell even further while cooking.
The vines grow very rapidly and very, very long. One summer my friend grew them completely up a telephone pole! Here at Songaia we trained them up the longest bamboo we could find--when they toppled the bamboo we strung them out over the rows.
This last hot summer we grew enough Judiones beans for three community meals, as well as saving some to plant the next year.
Helen is a member of our day-to-day garden team The Piglets (long story). She spends lots of time in the potting shed starting seeds and nurturing seedlings. She is very interested in saving seeds. The Judiones is one of her favorites.
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