Runner beans Grown by Jono Smales at Landford, Salisbury

£2.40 / 400g


Runner beans are an iconic British summer veg, and a gardener’s classic. With lush foliage and scarlet flowers, they are an impressive and rewarding crop that thrives in the protection of a garden. A really fresh runner bean, picked at its best, takes a lot of beating. Sweet, snappy and succulent.


Country of origin

Produced in
  • The UK

UK Seasonality

The first flush comes from our farm in the Vendée in June then home grown in August and September. They like to grow in hot and humid climates so can be a challenge to grow in the UK. Up for that challenge are our growers Jono Smales in Hampshire, along with Anthony Coker and Jim Skevington from the SDOP. These climbing beans are air freighted all year round from developing countries by supermarkets - a practice we believe is just madness.
How much bite should there be to a bean? We reckon they should be cooked to a barely discernible squeak
- Riverford cooks

How to prepare

De-string with peeler if your beans are large, then slice into bite-sized chunks. Steam or boil until they’re how you like them, then toss with butter or oil, a simple vinaigrette or pesto. For more luxury, stir through a spoonful of clotted cream and top with crunchy toasted almonds.

They’re just as good – richer but less bright green – cooked in a rich tomato sauce for about an hour, until melting and tender. A lovely pasta sauce, with a few anchovies, olives of capers thrown in for good measure.


Keeps for up to a week in the bottom of the fridge.

  • Grown by Jono Smales, Landford, Salisbury

    Jono Smales has about 90 acres of organically certified land, and grows a whole host of veg for us – including broad beans, courgettes, French beans and juicy sweetcorn.

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