Heritage Status: New Zealand
Bio-Region of Origin: Waimate, Southland
Number of Seeds: 20
Description: This bean came to the Koanga Collection from Jack Watts of Waimate, who said it came to New Zealand with the Scottish settlers in 1863. It is a very good cropper, and taster, and stays green when cooked. The leaves are also delicious, we eat the growing tips when the plants have set as many beans as we want. Picking the tips puts the energy into filling out the existing beans rather than growing taller! A top variety that grows all over New Zealand, but super valuable in cold areas.
Planting Instructions: Plant into seed trays and transplant into beds 25cm apart in two rows per bed. In the North broadbeans are best sown in late July or August. In the South best to sow in Autumn if winters are not severe or Spring in very cold areas. Broad beans planted on a bed of wilted comfrey will give increased yield, so long as they have available calcium critical for crop health. Spray with raw milk or compost tea if needed for Blackspot.