European Soldier Bean, known as Red Eye beans Heirloom European Soldier Bean: These Heirloom beans resemble a tiny, toy 18th century soldier due to their long white body with reddish “eye” markings earning them their name, European Soldier bean. Known as a baking bean, they are also known as Red Eye beans and can replace almost any bean from the white bean family in recipes. Soldier beans are about 3/4 inch long with a mild flavor and firm texture. In France, this bean is known as 'Haricot St-Esprit à Oeil Rouge' or 'Holy Spirit in Red Eye' bean.Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Dry Bean Seeds - 'Soldier'Vegetable Description: Soldier beans, also called red-eye beans, come from New England, where Americans have been growing them since the 1800s. Their name is derived from a distinctive red marking around the "eye" of the bean that looks somewhat like a toy soldier.
vegetable Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris
Other Common Names: Haricot St. Esprit à Oeil Rouge, Holy Spirit in Red Eye
Vegetable Duration: Annual
Vegetable Days to Maturity: 90
Vegetable Seeds Per Oz: 55
Vegetable Height: 18” to 36”
Vegetable Spacing: 3 in to 6 in
Vegetable Planting: Direct sow outside after danger of last frost. Plant about 4” apart and 1“ below soil surface. Rows should be spaced at 24”-30” apart.
Vegetable Seed Saving: Allow bean pods to dry on plant; then break them open to collect the large bean seeds. Clean and dry the seeds before storage in cool dry conditions.