This bean is oh-so-very French, modeled after the slim, sexy haricot vert. There is no bean equal, with her sexy lines and curves. Life is a little less serious with this pendant around your neck. The elegant charm functions as a modern worry bead. Toy with it while you daydream. Rolande is for the person with a unique approach to just about everything in life.
With spunk, please. The Grande Rolande begs to be snapped. Any simple outfit can become more outlandish. This bean is about confidence in being quirky. It’ll spark conversation and collaboration.
Beans come from the same Peruvian ancestor. They are Phaseolus vulgaris.
In 1819 Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, and that … as a condiment for the vegetables, which constitute my principal diet.”
In The Virginia Housewife, published in 1824, Mary Randolph, a first cousin of Thomas Jefferson’s, had this to say about the French or snap bean: It should be picked young and prepared with the strings plucked, not “Frenched” by slicing them longitudinally. “Those who are nice,” she wrote, “do not use them at such a growth as to require splitting.
The Rolande is one of the sweetest varieties of haricot vert, revived from a French seed saver. Janet’s favorite sources for seeds are Territorial Seed Company; Baker Creek Heirloom; and Johnny’s Selected Seeds.