Scarlet O’ Runner Beans: “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!”

15 Aug

It’s garden produce time, so you’ll probably be hearing from me more over the next little while.

I love Scarlet Runner Beans. They grow quickly and abundantly, are easy to grow, and are delicious, healthy, and pretty!

I plant some every year up trellises on the deck. They create a beautiful screen against our neighbor’s plain white wall.

I also grow some as living dresses for my mannequin trellises. This has been a particularly good year, so they also grew a tall hood for Scarlet O’Runner Bean Sue.

The blossoms are a brilliant orange-red, and you can eat them in salads or have a pretty little bouquet, but don’t pick too many or you won’t have beans! Hummingbirds and bees like to visit them too.

Pick them before the green pods grow too large, and they can be cooked in the same way that you would prepare green beans. (See one of my favorite recipes for them at the end of the post.)

You can let some of the pods get really big. The shells are too tough for eating then, so you can shell them and cook the beans as you would lima beans. They are a very pretty pink.

I like to dry them in the pods, and then you have seeds to plant in the spring. They can be dried on the vine as long as you remove them before a hard frost, or just hang them inside to dry. Soak the bean seeds for 24 hours before planting, and they germinate more quickly.

Scarlet Runner Beans and Bacon Recipe

 Cut a few strips of bacon into pieces and fry. Remove the bacon and drain on paper towel.

Chop up an onion and sauté in the bacon drippings until translucent.

Cut up a big bunch of Scarlet Runner Beans into pieces on the diagonal. (I cooked up a few Yellow Pole Beans from my garden along with the Scarlet Runner Beans).

Add the beans to the onion and stir to coat in the bacon drippings. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan along with a tablespoon of Cider Vinegar and some freshly ground pepper.

Cook covered for about 10 minutes or until the beans are cooked but still have a bit of crunch. Stir a couple of times while cooking and add more water if necessary.

Serve topped with the bacon bits.

If you want to Just Add Wine, I’m not sure what kind of wine would be paired with Scarlet Runner Beans, but to find out to find out what kind of wine goes with bacon, take a look at Wine Library TV Episode #647.    It is 26 minutes and worth watching all the way through. Gary Vaynerchuk is a very entertaining guy!  Janice, you might especially get a kick out of this!

If you keep picking the beans throughout the season, they will continue to flower and produce, and you will never have to be hungry again!

Posted by Truly Scrumptious





2 Responses to “Scarlet O’ Runner Beans: “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!””

  1. The Erratic Cook August 16, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Hello Truly

    “tomorrow.I’ll think of some way . . . after all, tomorrow is another day.”
    Or, maybe some day my yard will be full of lovely plants like yours and not weeds.
    I thought these plants were only beautiful and not yummy – thanks for the post!

    The Erratic Cook

    • Truly Scrumptious August 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

      Thanks for the comment! Did you take a look at the “What kind of wine goes with bacon” video? Make sure Adrian sees it too.

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