Monday, July 22, 2013

Royal Burgundy Bush Beans

For years I have been growing beans that do well in Tucson’s hot, often dry, climate. As often happens in Tucson, it is easy to grow vegetables that taste poor while it is often difficult to grow good tasting vegetables – without some form of shade or special care.

Royal Burgundy Beans growing on a bush

Royal Burgundy Bush Bean Yield

Most of the beans I have grown in the past require additional preparation in cooking – usually blanching. Although the Royal Burgundy Bush Bean is nothing special it has passed all the tests I had it go through. This bean variety is heat resistant, it neither attracts lace bugs or succumbs to their destruction, and it tastes good. A few of the bean plants did burn a little in June, but most held on and produced a second crop of beans in July.

A few of the first Royal Burgundy Bush Beans I picked from my garden

Dry Royal Burgundy Bush Beans exhibit a mottled creamy tan color

Royal Burgany Bush Beans - Before cooking

As for cooking, it can be steamed, baked, sautéed, or boiled without any preparation beforehand. In short, the Royal Burgundy bush bean is a heat tolerant, bug resistant, regular bush bean. This bean will definitely be growing in my garden in the future. The source for my seed was a packet a friend gave to me from Botanical Interests.

Like many Purple Beans, Royal Burgundy do not retain their color when cooked.


  1. Replies
    1. Dear SriKota Garden,
      Where do you live and how are these beans doing for you?

    2. I'm from Malaysia. The beans cooked in many ways to our country. Most popular fried with garlic, onion, anchovies and chilies. I have a multicultural country so our food mixed Chinese, Indian and Malay style.

  2. I grow a similar variety - Purple Teepee. We had the first of them for dinner last night and like yours they go green when cooked but still delicious.

  3. I'm amazed you can grow anything in July. The bugs take over in Florida. I did grow some southern peas last July but the bug situation was so bad I decided against it this year.

  4. I also grow these and eat them raw in salads where they are so lovely....beans this year have been putting out a great yield.

  5. I can now understand your gardening conditions as I have recently been in Arizona :-). Very nice looking beans.


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