There seems to be some confusion about the traits of this Ugandan bean. Some sources, for instance, say it is late to mature. I found it to be the opposite, though: last year, for example, I direct-sowed on May 3, those seeds germinated on May 13, and I started collecting mature seeds on July 26. It produced a moderate harvest in late summer; left in place, the vines continued to produce scattered pods until mid September. Some say the plant of ‘Fort Portal Jade’ has a bush form; others refer to it as a “half-runner” or “semi-runner.” My seeds produced plants with a vining habit, to about 5 feet tall, so I suggest giving it some kind of support, but it doesn’t need to be large. I haven’t tried eating this variety yet myself, but it can apparently be used as either a fresh bean (pick the young, tender pods) or a dry bean. One thing everyone agrees on is that ‘Fort Portal Jade’ produces distinctive seeds, with a jade green color when dried. (Note that this is not the same thing as ‘Jade’ bush bean, which is a white-seeded variety with long, green pods meant specifically for fresh eating.) Full sun. Annual.
Collected in August and September 2023. At least 12 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.
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