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Bean, Early Bush Italian

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Flat Italian beans have the best bean flavor, and this one is the tastiest

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HEIRLOOM. Early Bush Italian is a great Burpee exclusive variety that is easy to grow and quick to yield. The 16-18" plants are erect, so it's easy to pick the 5 1/2" long beans. The pods remain stringless and are excellent frozen. For robust bean flavor, make this bean your first choice. Plants yield early and need no support.
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Days To Maturity null

50 days

Fruit Size null

5-6 inches

Sun null

Full Sun

Spread null

10 inches

Height null

16-18 inches

Sow Method null

Direct Sow

Planting Time null

Spring, Summer

Sow Time null

After Last Frost

Thin null

6 inches

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  • Days To Maturity
    50 days
    Fruit Size
    5-6 inches
    Full Sun
    10 inches
    16-18 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Planting Time
    Spring, Summer
    Sow Time
    After Last Frost
    6 inches
    Life Cycle
  • Bean, Early Bush Italian is rated 4.5833 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great in every way I love Italian beans. They are just a little different and taste wonderful. This cultivar was fast growing, prolific, disease free, and needed no staking. Everything good!
    Date published: 2014-11-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably Delicious! This was my first year growing a garden other than just a few tomato plants. I can not believe the flavor, texture and size of these beans! They are the best I think I have ever had...and that's saying a lot growing up in a southern home. I did plant another type of bean but not as happy as I am with these. I plan to plant double of these next year! Glad to read the comments that these can be planted in the fall too....because I think in the next day or two you know what I will be doing so that I can have MORE beans for canning and freezing!
    Date published: 2013-08-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from visually appealing I loved the look and taste of these beans. Visually appealing on the plate. They were so large that what they lacked in quantity they more than made up for. I'll plant them again as I love variety.
    Date published: 2013-07-26
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Performer in Central Texas I purchased these in addition to Contender bush beans and the Early Bush Italian were poor performers. I garden in Austin Texas and planted these this year for the first time to add variety to our garden. Compared to the Contender, which I planted at the same time, these grew extremely slow and were very susceptible to slugs and pill bugs. I ended up pulling the entire crop without getting one good bean pod.
    Date published: 2012-08-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bountiful Beans My beans have been producing for about 2 weeks, plants are beautiful with an abundance of beans.
    Date published: 2012-05-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Bean Been growing these for 10 years; nothing else comes close. My secret super fast recipe: In pressure cooker, cook one pound or so beans with half-cup water for 2- 3 minutes (after pressure is reached). In meantime, saute a chopped onion and 4 chopped garlic cloves in olive oil until soft. Drain beans and pour in garlic and onions, stir and serve. My oh my! Can hardly wait for summer.
    Date published: 2012-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent Bean! These beans are so easy to grow. They and my White Wonder Cucumbers were among the first plants to come up and produce in my garden. They are a constant producer. I have to pick beans every day and I only have a half a row of beans (about 8 feet). The beans are large and flat and grow to a great length (not to mention the flowers are beautiful in the garden). Also since we have limited space it helps that these are bush variety. I planted these close together and didn't thin as someone told me beans are okay with close proximity and mines have done exceptionally well. Talk about tasty! These beans are d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! The tastiest beans I've ever had and I grew up in the country. Oh and they don't have any strings which is a plus to me. If you're looking for an easy growing, tasty bean, with continuous yield, look no further.
    Date published: 2011-06-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beans Galore This is my favorite bean because it is easy to raise, very fruitful and tastey. This year the bushes continued to bloom and produce. It has done so well that I don't want to try another, for fear of being let down.
    Date published: 2009-08-27
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