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Bean; runner (phaseolus coccineus)

A climbing perennial bean with its origins in Central America. They were listed in English gardening catalogues as early as 1633 ("Gerard"s Herball"). Modern varieties, such as "scarlet runner" have would have been unrecognisable in those early days - as they"ve been bred to have longer pods, and less coarse strings. They are at their best picked when young and sliced. If older a "string" will need removing from each side of the pods before they are boiled.

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