Posted: 12/07/2014 at 18:00
You can do either - I've grown them in the past and would have grown them this year but didn't have room (raspberries making a takeover bid! ).
I love borlotti beans - they're delicious cooked as you would do french or runners - and you can dry them
lots of info here http://www.growveg.com/growblogpost.aspx?id=297