Pellegrini Romano Pole Bean
My favorite snap bean, and also my favorite dry bean. A true heirloom, passed from gardener to gardener for generations because of its fabulous flavor. When I grew these alongside several other Romanos, there was no comparison. The flat, yellow, pods have that rich, creamy Romano flavor and non-fibrous texture I'd been searching for. Tender even when the beans were well-formed inside, (though strings will form if you let them go that long). Pods are shorter than many others, so the yield isn't as great, but the flavor is incomparable, and they excel both fresh and dried.
Allowed to mature, the dried beans are round and marked in brown and white, which gives them their name of Monachine--"little nuns". They are fantastic as well--many people's favorite dry bean. So next year, I'm going to have one row to keep picked for snap beans, and another for drying. The vines are more vigorous than other Romanos I've grown, and bear prolifically. 40 seeds