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BEAN-ITALIAN ROMANO-BUSH is a stringless flat bean also known as Italian flat beans or Italian pole beans. Medium-green pods 15 cm long are typically left on the vine to mature. This classic Italian flat type bean (similar to snap beans) has a more meaty texture and nutty flavour. Producing high yields, the vines are loaded with long, stringless, flat-podded green beans right up to frost. Beans hold well on the plant without becoming tough. Very disease resistant and productive. Height To 70cm.
Romano beans are a good source of protein, fiber, and vitamins A and C. They are often served as a side dish, sautéed with garlic and olive oil or braised with tomatoes. The Italian city of Ravenna is known for its Romano bean festival, which takes place every September. The festival celebrates the local variety of Romano bean, which is called Fagiolo di Lamon.
How to Grow Italian Romano Bean
- Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil. Beans need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
- Work the soil to a depth of 6-8 inches and mix in compost or aged manure to improve soil fertility.
- Plant seeds after the last frost, when soil temperatures have warmed to at least 16°C. Sow the seeds 2.5 – 5cm (1-2 inches deep), spaced 5 – 10cm (2-4 inches) apart in rows that are 45 – 50cm (18-24 inches) apart.
- Water the beans deeply and regularly to keep the soil evenly moist. Beans need about 1 inch of water per week.
- Fertilise the beans with a balanced fertiliser at planting time and again when the plants start to flower.
- As the beans grow, provide support for the plants with stakes or a trellis to keep them off the ground and prevent rot.
- Harvest the beans when they are young and tender, usually within 50-60 days after planting. Be sure to pick the beans regularly to encourage new growth
Romano beans are also popular in other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Romano beans can be eaten raw, but they are typically cooked before eating. They can be boiled, steamed, roasted, or grilled. Also used as a substitute for green beans in recipes. However, they have a distinct flavor and texture that sets them apart from green beans. Italian Romano Beans are a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, including soups, stews, salads, and casseroles.
Heritage of Italian Romano Bean
Romano beans are believed to have originated in Mexico and were brought to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. They were later introduced to Italy and became a popular ingredient in Italian cuisine. They are also known as Italian flat beans they are generally harvested when they are young and tender. Commonly used in salads, stews, and soups. Italian Romano Beans are considered to be a heritage vegetable, meaning that they have been passed down through generations and are an important part of culinary and cultural history.
Scoville Heat Units (SHU)
Plant Height (cm)
45 - 70
Season of Interest
Spring / Summer / Autumn
Temperature Range (°C)
13 - 30
Determine / Indeterminate
Annual / Perennial / Biennial
Frost Hardy / Tender
Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade
Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings
Well-drained fertile soil
6.0 - 7.5
Soil Temperature (°C)
16 - 30
No special preparation required
Sowing Depth (mm)
2.0 - 4.0
Plant Spacing (cm)
8 - 10
Row spacing (cm)
45 - 60
Regular watering, do not let the soil dry out
Germination Time (Days)
7 - 10
Harvest Time (Days)
60 - 80
Good Companion Plants
Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Celery, Corn
Bad Companion Plants
Onions, Garlic, Shallots, Sunflowers
Bean Beetles, Aphids,Leafhoppers, Spider Mites
Anthracnose, Powdery Mildew, Bean Rust, Bean Common Mosaic Virus
More About Us
ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.
We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.
We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.
Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.