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 the seeds from those pods 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. (In 2023, we had a relatively cool summer here in PA, and the blue color appeared much sooner, in early August) 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 might include a few 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 early August 2023. At least 10 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.