I love French beans more so than Runner beans, (although I do still grow Runner beans because they are Andy’s favourite). I grow both dwarf and climbing varieties and I also experiment with different colour varieties. I just love the different colour of the vegetables in amongst the green vegetation. They look amazing when they are growing.
I harvest the beans on a regular basis and blanch them before freezing them. My favourite ones are the Purple Tee Pee (Dwarf variety) and Cosse di Violette (Climbing variety). Both are deep purple in colour and produce an abundance of long, shiny pods. They do look dazzling on the plant when they are growing. I just wished that they retained their fantastic colour on the plate. As soon as they hit the boiling water they turn to green!
I also grow dwarf yellow French beans. Although these are not as productive as the green and purple varieties, they just add another colour to my plot.