The ‘Käferbohne’ – known in English as the scarlet runner, or beetle bean – is a little known but unmistakably Styrian speciality, grown chiefly in the fields around the towns of Bad Radkersburg, Feldbach, Weiz, Hartberg and Fürstenfeld, where the consistency of the soil and the mild climate provide the ideal conditions. ‘Käferbohnen’ are very carefully stored and can therefore be sold all year round. Apart from its delicious nutty taste, the Styrian ‘Käferbohne’ bean has much to offer. It is an excellent source of protein, carbohydrate and fibre and is at the same time extremely low in fat. Dishes containing these beautiful fat purple beans range from soups and main courses through to puddings.
Particularly delicious: A salad of Käferbohnen dressed with Styrian pumpkinseed oil!