I grew this beautiful Italian heirloom variety for the first time in 2021. After seeing photos of its exquisite blue seeds and being excited about finding a source, I was dismayed to receive a packet of gray-brown seeds. Still, I planted them and hoped for the best. The vines grew vigorously, flowered quickly (with pretty purple blooms), and were filled with pods by late July. Sadly, all of those seeds were a funky gray-brown to gray-blue color. I left the vines in place, though, and they put on a new flush of growth in August. Not expecting much, I opened one of the mature pods in early October—lo and behold, there were the beautiful blue beans I’d been waiting for! Apparently, the pods need to ripen in relatively cool temperatures to work their color magic. The color is most intense when you open the pods; the seeds dry to a darker blue or gray-blue. My supply of the best blue seeds is limited, so I may include some of the brownish to gray summer seeds in the package you receive, but rest assured that they all have the potential to produce blue seeds when weather conditions are right. I can’t speak to the flavor or best uses of ‘Nonna Agnes’ Blue’ from personal experience yet, but I’ve read that it’s primarily used as a dry bean. Full sun for best production. Annual.
Collected in October 2022. At least 10 seeds.
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