Mereville di Piemont (Wonder of Piedmont
It is said that the world is divided into people who lump and people who split. Perhaps the biggest splitter of all times was my fellow Swede Carl Linnaeus. In the 1700s he took liberties with Latin and carved up the plant world into orders, genera and species. When he encountered the bean clan, however, he seems to have lost interest in splitting and joined the lumpers. He poured all New World
Even in Linnaeus’ time New World South America South America New World Europe
Today we enjoy the genetic inheritance of hundreds of New World
The story of Mereville di Piemont beans illustrate some of these points: Mereville is a very old New World
All of these stories and names converge in agreement to describe a flat bean having a cream-colored or pale yellow background with playful purple striping resembling a tongue or a lick of fire. The purple highlights vanish as they are cooked which is a characteristic of the purple-colored anthrocyanin compounds in many vegetables. Mereville is a very old bean with a long history of cultivation in Italy Italy France Netherlands
Whoops! )&(**)_) Did I say “Roma?” Where is Linnaeus when we need him?
These Mereville di Piemont beans were grown organically in my garden in the Valley of the Moon.
Seed Source: Sementi , Italy