(Phaseolus vulgaris); Heirloom; a Slow Food Ark of Taste variety; Bush bean with runners; Dry bean; Minimum 30 seeds
These small roundish beans date back to Etruscan times and take the name of the centuries old Ash Wednesday festival Pranzo del Purgatorio. Each year in central Italy, the Confraternità del Purgatorio gather with the townspeople of Gradoli on the grounds of the Cantina Sociale di Gradoli to dine on fish and white beans. A benefit of Purgatorio's size is they do not require pre-soaking, have a short cooking time and retain a firm consistency. We enjoy them in soups or as a hearty side dish. They were prolific in our Michigan garden, thriving with very little attention from us. To read more about the variety, please see Slow Food Italy's Ark of Taste page for Purgatorio.