Bean - Borlotti fire tongue

Borlotti fire tongue bush bean

Phaseolus vulgaris

50 seeds per packet


These bedazzled beans will certainly light up the season. The darling of Italian cooking, and one of the oldest borlotti bean varieites, the 'lingua di fuoco' (tongue of fire) bean is multi-purpose – stringless snap or a delicious shelling bean. The real beauty lies in keeping these lovelies for shelling. 14 cm long dangling jewels of red and yellow splashed pods contain 4-6 red flecked beans with a delicious creamy flavour. Give shelled beans a quick boil and lick of olive oil. Make an excellent dried bean if you have any leftover. Height 50-60cm.

These beans thrive in warmth. They love plenty of organic matter dug in and you will be rewarded with heavy cropping after several feeds once the flowers appear. Borlottis will be drought tolerant, but good watering after flowering will ensure best pod development. Perfect for the greenhouse or polytunnel in autumn


Sow period September-February for outdoor planting 
Soil temp for germ. Above 18°C 
Germ. time 4 days 
Time till harvest 8 weeks 
Height 40cm Spacing 5-15cm 
Position Full sun

Category: beans, vegetable

Type: Seeds

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