Black Coat Runner Bean
An ancient heirloom runner bean dating as far back as the mid-1600s and first recorded by German botanist Michael Titus in his Catalogus Plantarum. This rare runner bean produces masses of gorgeous blooms ranging in color from tangerine to cherry red, making this edible ornamental pole bean irresistible to hummingbirds! Pods are much shorter than other runner beans; immature pods can be eaten just like sugar snap peas. The stout pods yield just 2-3 beans per shell. The pretty plump beans change from pink to purple, and then to a pure ebony black. Fantastic used like a kidney bean; they cook down to a creamy texture.