These Scarlett Runner beans were given to me by my neighbour. They were her Grandfather's beans in England, and she's been growing them successively for almost 50 years - that's viable seed! This year we're growing them up the back porch - with their glorious red blossoms that attract fat bumble bees and hummingbirds ~ they should rival any clematis in town. The beans can be eaten in their pods while small and not too hairy, fresh out of the pod, or dried and cooked. They're worth growing just to hold the beautiful shelled beans in your hand like crimson and black jewels.