Vigna angularis

30 seeds/pack   Heirloom

Commonly used in East Asian cuisine where it is cooked down and sweetened to make red bean paste. Small beans grow on annual vines

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Vigna unguiculata unguiculata

30 seeds/pack   |   60-90 days   |   Heirloom

Actually a cowpea, these familiar cream-colored beans with a small black eye thrive in hot climates. The plants have a bush habit and yield an early crop of beans that can be eaten fresh, pickled as dilly beans or dried. In the South, black-eyed peas are traditionally eaten for good luck at the New Year.

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Phaseolus vulgaris

30 seeds/pack   |   70-90 days   |   Heirloom

This bean goes by many names: calypso, yin-yang, and my personal favorite, orca. Like little killer whales swimming through your garden, these beans have striking black and white designs reminiscent of the yin-yang symbol or orcas. Eat them fresh when pods are young or as shell beans. Allow the beans to dry on bush to save as dry soup beans.

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Phaseolus vulgaris

30 seeds/pack | 85 days | Heirloom

Eat this versatile pole bean fresh or allow the pods to dry. Harvest the shiny black beans for winter soups. This bean is fabled to have been carried by the Cherokee on the ‘Trail of Tears’, 1838-1839, during the forced relocation of their nation from the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma.

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Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus vulgaris

30 seeds/pack   |  60-70 days  

Expect an abundant yield from this early producing variety of dry bean. Each pod yields 4-6 fat white- and maroon-speckled beans. To harvest, collect dry pods from bushes and thresh. When cooked they will double in size and are exceptionally tender. This last season we grew several pounds of Holstein beans for eating. We also found the young pods to be tasty fresh.

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Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus vulgaris

30 seeds/pack | 60-70 days | Heirloom

This yellow dry bean is a favorite heirloom, eaten in New England for over a century. The prolific bushes produce richly flavored beans early in the season making them great for cooler climates. We’ve been making delicious baked beans with these.

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Phaseolus vulgaris

30 seeds/pack  |  65 days  |  Heirloom

Hearty soup bean with a crisp pod also suitable for fresh eating. Medium vining pole prefers trellis but will also climb plants nearby such as corn and sunflowers. Expect a heavy yield; time and time again we are stunned by their productivity. We think this bean is a 'must-plant' for those attempting to grow their own protein. This local Heirloom has been cultivated and saved in Northern CA on the Epperson Family Farm. While the original name has been lost, they now call it Missouri Bill’s Bean because Bill from Missouri gave it to them nearly 40 years ago! Compare to pinto.

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Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius

30 seeds/pack | 80 days |  Heirloom

Copious producer of small black beans with a nutty flavor. These beans are native to the arid Mitla region of Oaxaca, MX. Mitlas are quite drought tolerant, requiring little water and adapted to hot climates. Compared to other tepary beans these tend to vine and could be trellised for ease of harvest. In 2009 Kalan visited the Mitla ruins of Oaxaca known for the intricate plaster and stone patterns still visible.

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Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius

30 seeds/pack | 70-90 days | Heirloom

These small white beans were first cultivated by the Hohokam Native American tribe. They were commercially cultivated by the Gila river near Sacaton, AZ. We found these to be prolific beyond belief and quite drought tolerant. They have a bush habit so no need to trellis. To harvest, let all the pods dry and cut the whole plant at base. Wrap all the cut plants in a sheet and do the hokey pokey! After stomping remove larger plant material by hand and winnow to remove pods and chaff.

 

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Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius

30 seeds/pack | 80 days | Heirloom

This drought tolerant bean produces gorgeous golden beans with a rich nutty flavor. Sow this medium vining bean thickly and allow beans to dry on the vines. Harvest all the vines onto a tarp and stomp to release the masses of beans. These are native to the Southwest and Mexico.

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Plant: After last frost

 

Phaseolus vulgaris

30 seeds/pack | 80-90 days | Heirloom  

Rich flavor and thin skins put this large dried bean on the must-grow list. A Chico gardener convinced us to grow it in 2011 with stories of her teenage children requesting this bean for dinner all winter! The dry beans are deep yellow with maroon markings and originate from Chile and Argentina. Bush habit with vines to 3 feet.

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Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus vulgaris

30 seeds/pack   |   95 days   |   Heirloom

Listed on the Slow Food Arc of Taste, this plump red bean truly resembles a cranberry. Deep rich flavor has led this bean to be a perpetual favorite. From the northeast and most likely a Native American selection. Given to Seed Savers Exchange by bean collector John Withee, who obtained it from a Mr. Taylor of Steep Falls, ME.

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