Available throughout World War One and still available today Runner Bean Prizewinner is deserving of its name and in the Suttons & Sons 1914 catalogue was given its own page with content as follows:
An indispensable exhibition variety of superb table quality. The seed is perfectly distinct from that of the ordinary Scarlet Runner. Awarded a First-class Certificate by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1892, after it had been tested at Chiswick by the side of the leading varieties in cultivation. Again, in 1895 this Bean was tested at Chiswick and received the highest possible award. Probably no other Runner Bean has ever won so many prizes as Sutton’s Prizewinner.
Customer Feedback from 1914
“Sutton’s Prizewinner is a remarkably fine Runner Bean. Many beans measured from 15.5 to 16.5 inches in length and some were even 18 inches. The plants carried 16 to 23 pods in a bunch and I have picked about 1.25 bushels at a single gathering from a row about 10 yards long.” – Mr H Holland, New Barnet.
“I think your Prizewinner Runner Bean has this year been better than ever. I took First Prize with pods measuring 15 inches in length.” – Mr A Whyles, Gardener to the Rev. C W Cox
Here in 2014 sales of the Runner Bean Prizewinner are still going strong. If you want to have a go at sowing and growing this fine variety then now is the time. A pack of 45 seeds costs jus £2.99 click here to order. Sowings can be made from April to June.