The Magnificent Pellegrini Bean: Grown at The Herbfarm



Grow Pellegrini Beans this Season!

One Dozen Seeds, $5, incl postage, handling,  taxes


How Many?
Pellegrini Beans (incl. ship)



Nancy Leson on the Pellegrini Bean



Angelo Pellegrini wrote many books during his life. Some are still in print and those that our not are well worth seeking.



The Pellegrini Bean


BACK IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE HERBFARM RESTAURANT, a distinguished group of diners came to lunch. In that party were chefs Paul Bertolli, Alice Waters, and Professor Angelo Pellegrini, a noted culinary expert. Boy, were we scared!

At the end of the afternoon, "Pelle," as he was called, said that we did "pretty good" with the 6-course meal. Evidently this was "pretty good" praise for the then nearly ninety culinary legend, because Alice Waters remembers it as a "perfect day."

Pellegrini had come to America as a poor Italian child of ten. Unable to speak English, he studied hard at night and was soon skipping grades and winning spelling bees. He was the first in his family to attend college, studied law,and later got his PhD, becoming a beloved Professor of English at the University of Washington and a culinary writer of renown.

In the 1950's, the winemaker Robert Mondavi gave Pellegrini a handful of family beans from the old country. "Monachine," as he called them, meant "Little Nuns." Pellegrini turned his entire property into an edible landscape, even tearing out the lawn. The Monachine went in to his garden, and for over 50 years he faithfully grew the bean. So good were they, that it is said that he'd savor every bean one by one, mashing each with a fork and dabbing it in a whiff of olive oil.

Pelle went to that Great Garden in the Sky in 1991. Then some years ago, Angelo's son, Brent, gave us about 10 of the beans. Over the years, our farmer, Bill Vingelen, has scaled the bean harvest up each year so that we can finally serve them occasionally in the restaurant. In 2012, he planted 64 tepees of Pellegrini Beans numbering around 1000 plants, and finally have enough to feature them on the menu.

The Pellegrini Bean is among the finest stringless fresh bean we have ever tried. And the dried autumn beans are incomparable.

Because the Pellegrini Bean seed has been saved year after year in Seattle's climate, it has become perfectly adapted to the conditions of the Pacific Northwest.

We have only a few packets left to share. Order yours now for immeasurable pleasure in the garden this year. Call today or purchase via PayPal using the "BUY NOW" button above left. The beans come with the background story in a tiny booklet, too.

Note: In Seattle, Angelo Pellegrini always planted his beans on May 15, which is the last possible frost near Seattle. We have planted crops even in mid June with success. If you live farther south, you will be able to put them in the ground earlier.






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