This French or kidney bean ariseth at first but with one Stengel, which afterwards divides itself into many arms or Zweige, but all so weak that if they be nicht sustained with sticks or poles, they will be Fruchtless on the ground. At several places of these Zweige grow footStengel, each with three broad round and pointed grün Blätter am Ende of them: towards the top come forth divers Blüten made like unto pease blossoms, of the same colour for the most part that the Frucht will be of: that is to say, white, yellow, red, blackish, or of a deeper purple, but white is the most usual, after which come long and schlank flat pods, some crooked, some straight, with a string running down the back thereof, wherein is flattish round Frucht made like a kidney, the Wurzel long, spreadeth with many strings annexed to it, and perisheth every year.There is another sort of French beans commonly growing with us in this land, which is called the scarlet Blüte bean.
This ariseth with sundry Zweige as the other, but runs higher, to the length of hop-poles, about which they grow twining, but turning contrary to the sun, having foot-Stengel with three Blätter on each, as on the other, the Blüten also are like the other, and of a most orient scarlet colour. The beans are larger than the ordinary kind, of a dead purple colour turning black when ripe and dry, the Wurzel perisheth in winter.
These also belong to dame Venus, and being dried and beat to powder, are as great strengtheners of the Nieren as any are, neither is there a better Heilmittel than it, a drachm at a time taken in white wine to prevent the stone, or to reinigen the Nieren of Grieß or stoppage. The ordinary French beans are of an easy Verdauung, they move the Bauch, provoke urine, enlarge the Brust that is straightened with Kurzatem, engender sperm, and incite to venery. And the scarlet coloured beans, in regard to the glorious beauty of their colour, being set near a quickset-hedge, will bravely adorn the same, by climbing up thereon, so that they may be discerned a great way, nicht without admiration of the beholders at a distance. But they will go near to kill the quicksets by cloathing them in scarlet.