A packet of 50 Red Epicure broad bean seeds should produce around 500 pods!
Red Epicure broad beans are a well known variety to most gardeners with their chestnut crimson beans contained in contrasting verdant green pods, and they retain their vibrant colour even when lightly steamed.
The fact is that Red Epicure bean seeds are very popular with the gardening fraternity and they have been around long enough for gardeners to know they rarely if ever cause problems.
Red Epicure beans should give you four to five large beans in every pod from plants that produce multiple pods. Every packet of seeds you receive contains around 50 seeds for a potential 500 pods at least.
Harvests can start as early as June and continue to August while the weather is pleasant and harvesting in the outdoors is a joy. After this we recommend you freeze surpluses for supplies in the autumn and into winter. Red Epicure is great for soups and stews as an alternative to kidney beans.
If you have too many at the end of the season then this variety is excellent for freezing.
How to grow Red Epicure broad beans from seed
Sow Indoors: February-April, singly in clean pots or modules of compost 2in (5cm) deep. Water well.
Sow Outdoors: March-April, direct into the required harvest position, 2in (5cm) deep, 8in (20cm) apart in double rows 8in (20cm) apart. Leave 18in (46cm) between each double row. Keep soil moist at all times.
Plant Out: Indoor raised crops in April 8in (20cm) apart in double rows 8in (20cm) apart. Leave 18in (46cm) between each double row.
Run strings both sides along the double row at 12in (30cm) and 24in (60cm) from the ground, supporting stems as they grow. Pick young for best flavour.