Empress Bean

$2.00

  • Organic
  • Our best fresh-eating snap bean
  • Bush habit
  • 5-6″ stingless pods
  • Heavy yields
  • Snap bean

Item Details

Our very best snap bean for fresh eating, freezing, or processing, the Empress bean offers incredible flavor. The vigorous plants produce heavy yields of large, straight, green, 5-6” stringless pods. Plant in succession for fresh beans throughout the season. Introduced by Gurney’s in 1979 as Experimental Bean 121 and later renamed Empress. Bush habit, snap, 55 days. ±1,500 seeds/lb.

History of the Plant

The Fabaceae or Leguminosae (commonly known as the legume, pea, or bean) family is the third largest family of flowering plants, consisting of over 20,000 species. [1] Legumes are a nutritious staple of diets around the world. They are an inexpensive source of protein, vitamins, complex carbohydrates, and fiber.

Learn How to Grow Empress Bean

Direct Seed: 2" Apart

Seed Depth: 1"

Rows Apart: 36-48"

Light: Full Sun

HVO Seeds Package

HVO packages our seeds in custom-made foil packets to keep moisture out and extend the seed life. Some of our Foil Packets have a zip-lock seal to maintain freshness. We also insert a silica gel anti-moisture packet in each foil packet.

Growing Media

01

Planting

Plant directly into rich, fast draining soil in spring after the soil has warmed. Sow 1 inch deep and 2-4 inches apart in rows 18-24 inches apart. 

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Prepare soil ahead of time.  When planting, add a mature or aged compost and this should be all the fertilizer you need if your are starting with a healthy soil.

03

Fertilizing

Beans grow best when the soil is fertilized well. For an area that is 10 feet long and 10 feet wide, use 2 to 3 pounds of fertilizer such as 10-20-10. Spread the fertilizer evenly over the area then mix it in with the top 3 to 4 inches of soil.

Care

01

WATER

Water the plants about once a week in dry weather. Do not let the soil dry out while the beans are blooming or the blooms will drop and yields will be decreased.

 

02

Harvesting

Green beans are ready to pick when they are about the size of a small pencil. Pull them carefully to avoid damaging the plant. Overmature beans are tough and stringy.

03

Storing

You can store fresh beans in the crisper, in plastic bags or in other containers in the refrigerator. They usually can be stored in the refrigerator for a week.

04

Seed

In optimal conditions a tleast 75% of seeds should germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 800 seeds. Per acre: 232M seeds.

05

Companion Planting

Beans fix nitrogen in the soil. Plant with beets, Brassicas, carrots, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, peas, potatoes, radish, and strawberries. Avoid planting near chives, garlic, leeks, and onions.

Nutrients

01

NUTRITIONAL

Green beans, string beans, or snap beans are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K, and of folic acid and fiber. They have similar nutritional benefits to snap peas and okra.

02

MEDICINAL

The nutrients provided can help reduce the risk of a number of health conditions.

  • Protein. Protein is a vital nutrient that plays a key role in maintaining and repairing the body. …
  • Folate. …
  • Antioxidants. …
  • Heart health. …
  • Reduced risk of cancer. …
  • Diabetes and glucose metabolism. …
  • Preventing fatty liver. …
  • Controlling appetite

Amazing Recipes of Empress Bean (Coming Soon)

Greenhouse to Your House
4.4/5

This green bean recipe uses fresh green beans and garlic, making it an easy, healthy, and flavorful side dish

4.5/5

These simple skillet green beans are a perfect healthy side dish. All you need is a pile of fresh string beans, one pot, garlic, olive oil and a little spice!

 

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4.5/5

Fatty bacon, crispy Parm, and plenty of garlic make these beans easy to love.

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