Aug
01
2016

Buy BEAN and PEAS Seeds

All beans are OP(Open Pollinated.) Many are also Heirloom.

When buying the rarer varieties of beans that I sometimes offer, please try to save some to regrow or pass on to others. If you have a rare bean that you don’t plan on growing for awhile, store it in a moisture proof container like a small canning jar in your freezer. (When removing from freezer let come to room temp before opening as to not kill the seed.) With what seems like a blink of an eye, bean varieties disappear. I’ve seen someone searching this year for what  was once a commonly grown Lima. It is nowhere to be found.
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Varieties grown here are organic, but not certified.  If you need to know which are certified organic, please email SampleSeeds@yahoo.com.
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Another thing to note as I found out this year some people do not know this~
Most heirloom beans eaten for fresh string beans should be eaten when the pod is plump, but before the pod starts to age. Meaning, grocery store green beans are modern varieties that are picked to eat before the bean seed really develops. The hull of modern varieties turns tough as the seed develops. This is not true of old varieties. Old varieties are meant to be eaten with bean seeds starting to develop in them. They are so tasty that way! I’m betting they have a much better nutritional value too.

To not junk up the page with too many out of stocks, I have made a
Bean Variety Reference Page, Click Here, of previously offered varieties.

Important Notice for the 2015 season:
After last year’s deer disaster, I though this year would be so much better. Well, not so much. At home, there was a rabbit invasion after planting and all the plants got eaten (yes, sigh.) So I did do some in large containers and had some success. At the farm, the planting area was moved and a new fence was put up so no deer, yay. Unfortunately the soil in the new spot was not so hot so the plants never took off as well as they should so the crop there was not nearly as large as anticipated (sigh again.)
Because of this many varieties are LIMIT ONE and may disappear quick.
Fingers and toes crossed that 2016 will be a banner year!!

 

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POLE Varieties (Phaseolus vulgaris):

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beanAlmaWhitaker2Bean ‘Alma Whitaker Cornfield bnAWC
This variety is very productive. The beans are not large, almost like harricot vert beans. They have a typical bean flavor. Like many heirloom varieties, this one has strings, but I found them easy to remove (some varieties seem to give me more trouble.)  40 seeds for $3.00.




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Bean ‘Bosnian Pole’ bnBosP
This is a very rare bean. Some of you may have read about it in the SSE Members catalog or on GardenWeb. This bean came to me a few years ago as seed that was taken with a family who fled Bosnia during the war there. I knew the dry beans were special looking. They are shaped like a romano, but unusually colored. The dry seed when first harvest looks the beans to the upper left. They almost look bi-colored since the tan is so light, but if you look close, you can see the white. After a year or two, they look like the beans to the upper right and the tri-color is quite evident. . As they age, they get even darker.
OK besides being cool looking, the green beans are incredibly tasty. They are a flat podded romano type. The beans can get quite plump and there are no strings. The only downfall to this bean is it seems to not like high temps so during the high heat of summer, you won’t see beans. My plants though made up quick once the temps dropped back down into the 80 degree range. 25 seeds for $3.00.
Limit ONE per customer.
Sorry, these went incredibly fast. Hopefully in 2016 I will have a great harvest.
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beanbruce2Bean ‘Bruce bnBru
This is a heirloom fall/October bean from Kentucky that I received in trade while in Berea from Neil H. Here’s what he has passed along to me, “from Bruce Coleman of Raccoon Ky in Pike county. It reaches up to 8 foot tall and is very blight tolerate. It bears well and we find the beans can great. I’m unsure how many years Bruce grew the bean, but it was one of his favorites right up until his passing.” The flat beans start off green with faint red markings and as the beans age the become red and white. Fall beans are know to be good for shelling/dried beans. They often are good as a regular green bean too. 30 seeds  for $3.00.
Limit TWO per customer.
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Bean ‘Cherokee Trail of Tears pole bnCTOT
I grew this one back a few years ago, and was quite happy with it. The vines were good producers of purple podded beans. When young, if I remember correctly, they were stringless, but strings developed pretty quick once the seeds started to grow. Though I only ate them as green beans, they are supposed to be a good dry bean too. I had no problem collecting lots of dry seed from the vines for seed saving.
The name of this bean come from the a very sad time in American history when the Cherokee were moved by the US government from their Eastern homeland to a territory west of the Mississippi. To read a bit more, Click Here. As with many people in olden days when they moved by choice or force, one thing they brought with them was seed, and this variety came from a family who had survived the relocation. 50 seeds for $2.00.




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Dolloff bnDol
The dried beans of this one have an appearance of a Lima as they are so wide, but they are P. vulgaris. This one originates from Vermont so it is a good one for shorter seasons. After reading up some, it seems they may be the same/very similar to ‘Golden Lima’ (not a Lima.) It was one of the beans planted late in a big pots and did well. I expect it would be excellent in the ground.
Limit ONE per customer. 30 beans for $3.00.
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Emilia’s Italian bnEmIt
This bean is named in honor of the lady who brought them to Nanaimo British Columbia, CA from Italy in 1911. This were originally distributed as ‘Auntie Vi’s‘ but my friend, Aftermidnight on GW, from who these bean come from decided Emilia’s Italian was a better tribute. It is a beautiful striped podded variety. I grew this out on the farm and forgot to take pics! To read more in depth about the name and see pics, Click Here. This is obviously a good grower in cool short season climates. LIMIT ONE per person. 30 seeds for $3.00.
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Bean ‘Flamingo pole bnFla
This bean is a result of a crossed Jeminez bean. Instead of the green pods that redden with age, Flamingo is bright pink from the start. When cooked they turn to yellow.  So it is a wax bean not a green bean. A very interesting new bean. 30 seeds for $3.00.
Sorry, out of stock. I did not get enough bean for re-offering it this fall.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGoose aka Ma Williams pole bnGoosFrom Darrel Jones of Selected Plants, “Goose is a consistent heavy producer in the heat and humidity here in North Alabama. It is best used as a huge shelly bean when the pods turn a pale yellowish pink color. I did not like them as snaps, especially by comparison with some really good snap beans.” My forum friend Zeedman also agrees, “the strength of this bean is its use as a green shell, for which it is outstanding. It bears early for such a large-seeded pole shelly, at about 80 days. The ripe pods are not only beautiful, but shell easily. Provided that the vines are not too closely spaced, the yield will be heavy from top to bottom.
The seeds are grayish in shell stage, flattened, and about 7/8″ long X 1/2″ wide X 1/3” thick. Their skin is thin & tender, but does not crack easily when cooked. The flavor is rich, with a fine texture, unlike the “potatoey” taste & texture of most of the large shellies I have tried.” (quotes from an old GardenWeb forum post.) 50 seeds for $2.25.




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Bean ‘Kentucky Wonder’ bnKW
This is a very popular old heirloom. The green beans are long and stringless, loved by many. In my copy of Vilmorin’s The Vegetable Garden from the late 1800’s I have found out that this bean used also be called ‘Old Homestead’ and ‘Seek-no-Further’. 75+ seeds for $1.50.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABean ‘Lazy Daisy Greasy bnLDG
This was a good grower for me. I’m not sure why it is called lazy. It does have strings though they were easy to remove. Lazy Daisy Greasy origins are unclear, but Bill Best writes on his site, “It was given to my mother, Margaret Best, by my father’s first cousin, Luther Best, when both were in their eighties.” 30 seeds for $3.00.
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beanlazywifegreasyBean ‘Lazy Wife Greasy bnLWG
These are the fattest greasy pods I’ve ever seen. The bean seeds themselves are very large and white. It is originally from Madison Co, NC.  LIMIT ONE per customer. 30 seeds for $3.00.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABean ‘Lazy Wife’ pole bnLazW
This heirloom is know to be an old stringless variety. Many old varieties as you may know have to be de-stringed before cooking and of course this one was easier on the cook. *UPDATE!! The rest of the description has been changed because of new information~ I was made aware that the heirloom beans called Lazy HOUSEwife are in fact not the same as the old bean named Lazy Wife. If you see a company selling a bean by that name, they are more than likely selling Housewife. Both bean seeds are white, but The Lazy Wife bean would be plumper and more rounded where as Lazy Housewife is more elongated. See the photo to the right for ID purposes. I do not know if they are related to each other or not at this time. The original seems to be much rarer, and when the newer one arose, I’m not sure, but in my Beans of NY book from 1931, the original Lazy Wife is photographed so it had to be sometime after then. Regardless, this Housewife bean has still be around for a long time and is a good one to grow. Please note, we now have ‘Lazy Wife’ in stock and not the other. 50 beans for $2.25.




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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA‘Mayflower aka ‘Amish Knuttle’ bnMay
This is a bean that has been around for a long time probably from the 1700’s. It goes by many other names including Red Nightfall and Red Speckled Cutshort. Those two names are listed in Vimorin’s Vegetable Garden from the 1800’s, but it seems to be better known by Mayflower these days. I’ve seen it written that it came with the Mayflower, but I find that history suspect. It is known to have been grown by the Amish for a very long time. In any case, this is obviously a well loved bean having such a long history. (My camera is broke as soon as the new one comes and I figure out how to use it, lol, I will get a picture up.) 50 beans for $2.00.




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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABean ‘Melungeon bnMel
This is a fat bean. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a pic of the pods. The seeds are light with dark purple speckled in the same manner as Turkey Craw or Mayflower beans. It seems to be a pretty rare one. I picked up seeds for these from my beany friend Frank Barnett when I was in KY at the heirloom seed swap last year. The Melungeon people’s history is fascinating. I first heard of them watching a show on PBS. I’m not sure if it was on a show or reading an article that they weren’t sure when the name came from. Being of Italian decent, I remember the old derogatory term for black people that is rare to hear nowadays pronounced moo-lan-john which is a slang of melanzana meaning eggplant and that is so similar Melungeon that I can’t think they are not related. But I am not a historian, just a history lover.
From what I can gather, not much info out there, but this bean is from Scott Co., VA. according to this Site (page 98,) Click Here. Frank Barnett though says the bean came from Wise Co., VA which is close by. It is quite likely that it traveled from one county to the other.
Limit ONE per customer. 30 seeds for $2.00.
Sorry, these went fast, now out of stock.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMr. Tung bnMrT
This bean came to me via a garden friend, Annette in Canada. She noted that this bean came to Canada with a Chinese immigrant, Mr. Tung, over 100 years ago. The bean pods are long (Click pic to see whole pod) and are produced in very good quantity. The bean seed is long and a grey brown, not very attractive so you know it is a good plant when people save beans that aren’t so pretty.
LIMIT ONE per customer. 30 seeds for $3.00.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA‘Ojo de Cabra’ (Tarahumara Ojo de Cabra aka Goat’s Eye aka Eye of the Goat)  bnODC
This bean originally comes from the Tarahumara Native Americans from the northwest region of Mexico. The beans can be used as a green bean or as a shelled cooking bean. It is quick to make beans and productive. 50 seeds for $2.25.




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‘Purple Peacock bnPPe
The seeds of this bean are like Purple Podded Pole but bigger so they probably have some common genetics. It is a popular favorite of those who grow it. Attractive plants with lots of large purple bean pods.  50 seeds for $2.25.
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Bean ‘Purple Podded Pole’ bnPPP
This pole bean is a favorite of many. It is productive and makes deep purple easy to find stringless bean pods. From what I’ve read, they were discovered in the 1930’s in an Ozark garden by the seedman Henry Field. As with all purple beans, the color disappears once cooked. Photo courtesy of Blane H. of MS.
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Bean ‘Rattlesnake’ bnRatt
This well known popular heirloom pole has long green pods streaked with purple which makes for easy picking. They are stringless while young before the seeds develop. A good one to grow if you’ve got kids. Photo courtesy of customer Iris P.H.
75+ seeds for $1.75.

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Bean ‘Red and White Fall bnRWF
This fairly unknown heirloom fall/October bean is productive and tasty. This variety is a tad late for seed saving in the north. Fall beans are very popular in the Appalachian area of the US. They should be more well known. You can use them in all stages. They can be eaten as green beans with nice plump seeds in them, and they can be shelled fresh or dried for later use. The dry seeds are very pretty. 30 seeds for $3.00. Limit ONE per customer.
Sorry, I know many of you were hoping for this one, but it was part of the rabbit feast.
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Red Eye Fall (Fall/October Bean) bnREG
This is a rare bean. I think after people try it, it will become quite popular. The beans are incredibly tasty. I don’t think I’ve had better. They have no strings when plump which the way I like to eat beans. So they are a snap to prepare. They also mature quickly which is great for everyone to the north.
Originally these were named ‘Red Eye Greasy’. After having gone to the Oct. seed swap at the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center Berea, KY this year, I found out that these are NOT greasy beans. They are Fall aka October beans. Bill Best and I discussed the beans and one that he has that is very similar. The red marking is not as strong on his. His came from Tennessee. This bean came to me via my forum friend Keith. He received them from a lady named Kathy who was in TN. Unfortunately, her old email does not work. (If you are out there Kathy, please contact us.) The pods are smoother and not tacky like some beans and we figure that is why greasy was attached to the name. Back in stock, a seedy friend sent me a supply. Limit ONE per customer. 30 beans for $3.00.
Sorry, now out of stock. Hopefully back Fall 2016.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARed Striped Greasy bnRSG
As you can see this is plump looking greasy. The red striping is faint on the green bean, but as it ripens to shelling stage you can see the red on the yellow easier. This is a Kentucky heirloom. Limit ONE per customer. 30 seeds for $3.00.




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Bean ‘Romano Pole’ bnRomP.
This wonderfully productive flat green bean is great for those of you with limited space. One plant gave me at least 5 pasta pots(I used this for picking since my little basket wasn’t big enough.) worth of beans. As with many vine type plants, don’t be alarmed if the plants just sit there doing nothing for quite some time. They are putting down roots to support the plant we see. Suddenly they will explode with new growth and lots of beans.
If you have been a customer awhile, you may know my saga about this bean. It was so popular. I could not keep up on demand and bought wholesale for a couple years. Then three years back, I ordered more, and the beans were different, not the square pillow shape they should be. I tried another place, same thing. I tried to contact Pinetree about it since they were where I originally purchased them many years ago, and they still had their seed supply from the previous season. They did not know that the wholesale supply had gone to the wrong seed. I think they more thought I was some crazy person and did not listen to me like I wanted them too. Well, last year’s catalog came out and they were out of stock. I have a suspicion they got more and not the the right beans as I tried to warn them.
I also tried to get them grown from my own stash at Arden Farm since there is so much space, but the organic inspector said no because these are a variety that you can buy organic, and if there is organic seed available, you can not grow uncertified seed. I was not there when he came. He of course did not understand that yes you can get Romanos, but not these Romanos. So that being said, this year, I was going to try and expand my seed stock a lot but the year didn’t work out as planned, but I did get enough to offer some packs.

Limit ONE per customer. 30 seeds for $2.00.
Sorry, now out of stock. Hopefully back Fall 2016.
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Bean ‘Seneca Speckled Egg bnSSE
This is a really neat bean. As the pods plump up they get striped with dark purple and the mottling becomes increasingly stronger as the pods age. The bean seeds are small and spotted and do resemble birds eggs. It is a heavy producer of bean pods. The only downfall of this bean is it is late to fully mature, mid October. So seed savers in short season area may have trouble with seed collection. LIMIT ONE per customer . 30 seeds for $3.00.
Sorry, these went fast! Hopefully back in stock Fall 2016.
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Bean ‘Striped Hull Greasy Cut Short bnSHGCT
As you can see from the photos, the beans start off plain green and as they plump up, striping appears which makes for easier picking. This variety is from Jackson County, KY. In case you missed it from other descriptions -Greasy is a term for bean that look glossy because the little “hairs” that give a bean green a matte appearance are missing. 30 seeds for $3.00.
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Bean ‘Turkey Craw’ aka ‘Turkey Gizzard’ bnTurC
This is an old Kentucky bean. It supposedly was originally found in gizzard of a turkey. Whether the story is true or not, it is a well loved bean. Very productive. Good for canning. 75 beans for $2.25.




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HALF RUNNER varieties (Phaseolus vulgaris):

Bean ‘Pink Half Runner’ aka ‘Red Peanut’ aka ‘Old Joe Clark’ bnPinkHR
This bean has obviously been around for a long time with so many names, and it is liked by many people. It can be used as green bean or shelling bean. The pods turn red as they mature. Half-runners will not grow as large as poles, but still need some support. 75 beans for $2.00.




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‘State Half Runner bnStHR
This heirloom has tasty green beans that are good for fresh eating or canning. 75 seeds for $1.25.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARio Zape bnRioZ
This is like a pinto bean but of a dark pink brown as opposed to the regular medium brown coloration of pintos. They are a good cooking bean for things like chili. 50 seeds for $2.00.




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Bean ‘Tuscarora Bread’ bnTuBr
This rare bean has a special story with it. Though I got them elsewhere, they originally came from Norton Rickard an elder of the Tuscarora Nation. Norton loved gardening and when retired from work, he pursued a dream of gardening full time. He sold produce at a stand on his property. I was lucky enough to meet him and have a long talk about gardening, seed saving, and Tuscarora history. He told me a lot of history, and I was honored to hear all he had to say. He was very instrumental in also keeping  the Tuscarora Corn from going extinct, Click Here for that story.  The bread bean came from an elder Tuscarora woman in NY down near the PA border over 50 years ago when he was teen. The lady gave the beans to his older brother and told him they were special bread beans, to grow the beans, and not let them die off. So his brother grew them and eventually Norton did.
The beans are a cooking bean. They can be used in any bean dish like chili, but they are specifically used by the Tuscaroras for bean bread. Bean Bread has been a staple of the Tuscarora for a long time. I found recipes for Cherokee bean bread online. To see one of the recipes Click Here. You can also find many other variations by googling Cherokee Bean Bread Recipe. The bread is like the Tuscarora bread which makes sense since Norton taught me that the Tuscarora once lived near the Cherokee before they moved north and joined the Iroquois nations. My friend, the owner of Good Mind Seeds, sent me a video of the making of Seneca cornbread which he says is more closely representative of the Tuscarora recipes. It is a great video as it is in the Seneca Language and English. CLICK HERE to watch it.
I asked Norton what to call the bean, and he said, “Tuscarora Bread Bean.” I told him I would do that then. He unfortunately passed away shortly after I met him. I would of love to have known him better. I was told this bean is a bush bean, but the plants grew up my rabbit fencing so it is better described as a half runner. 30 beans for $3.00. LIMIT ONE per customer.
As usual, these disappeared quick. Hopefully back in stock again Nov. 15, 2016.
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BUSH varieties (Phaseolus vulgaris):

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlack Turtle bnBTu
This is the very well known cooking bean of black bean soup, rice and beans, and other dishes from Latin America and the Caribbean. These seeds were grown by Arden Farm (Certified Organic) separate from my bean plants so I can’t comment directly on their growth, but they had a good harvest, so it seems they are easy to grow.  50 seeds for $2.00.




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‘Cherokee Wax bnCWax
This is a popular yellow bean from the late 1940’s. The color is a nice strong gold. It is also early to produce and stringless. AAS winner in 1948. 75 seeds for $1.50.




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dragontonguelindsey‘Dragon Tongue’ aka ‘Dragon Langerie’ and ‘Merveille de Piemonte’ bnDrT
This is a popular heirloom variety of Dutch origin. Many gardeners will tell you this is a favorite. It is a flat podded wax bean with purple streaking. It is stringless.  Bucket photo courtesy of a generous customer. 75+ seeds for $1.25.




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Bean ‘Flageolet bnFlag
This is a French cooking bean. I first learned of this bean through a very knowledgeable bean grower who loves them. It is unusual in it coloration being light green. They can be fresh shelled for you favorite bean soup, casserole, etc. or dried. The flavor is excellent and they have a nice creamy texture. 50 seeds for $2.00.




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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHutterite Soup bnHuS
This old heirloom is loved for its creamy texture.  This is a vigorous bush and may act like a half-runner for some people. Being originally from northern Europe and then the upper parts of the US and Canada, this is a good one for short season growers.
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Bean ‘Petite FiletbnPeF
When you think of the small French green beans often called Haricot Vert, these are those type of beans. If you buy them at the grocery store, you know know they cost quite a bit more than the regular green beans. So if you love them, not only will you save money, but they will taste even better coming from your own garden. These are small bush beans so plant accordingly in the garden or plant in pots. 75 seeds for $1.50.




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Bean ‘Purple Queen’ bnPQ
This bean makes beautiful dark purple pods that are easy to spot and make for an attractive plant. A zone 5 NYS gardener wrote, “I like Purple Queen best so far for a purple snap bush bean. I like them better than Royal Burgundy/Purple. They are more prolific and have good flavor.” As with all purple beans, the color disappears once cooked. 75 seed for $1.25.

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Bean ‘Red Swan’ bnRSw
This is a new bean cultivar that is quite interesting. It is a cross between a pinto and a purple snap bean, and the result is a pretty red hued, flat bean. It is stringless. It was bred by the late Robert Lobitz, a long tine SSE member, from Minnesota. 50 seeds for $2.00.




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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASanta Maria Pinquito bnSMP
These little pink beans are most often used in making bean side dishes with tri-tip like the recipe on this page, Click Here, but of course you can use them in any dish you like. I did not try the beans green to see if they were good that way. I grew them in pots  and did not see much vining, but I’ve read semi-bush so in the ground they may be more of a half-runner. 75 for $2.00.




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Bean ‘Tendergreen’ bnTend
This is a popular stringless green bean. They can and freeze well from what I’ve read. AAS winner 1933. 75+ seeds for $1.25.

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‘Tennessee Green PodbnTnGP
This green bean had been around since the 1800’s and was introduced commercially in the early 1900’s. The pods have a flattened Romano bean type look to them. Other names it is known by are ‘Brown Bunch’, ‘Case Knife’,’Fields First Early’, and ‘Knife Blade’. With that many aliases you know it is a good one. 75 beans for $2.25.




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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA‘Tiger’s Eye‘ aka ‘Pepa de Zapallo’ bnTEy
This a unusual color bean seed being an earthy yellow shade with darker maroon stripes, and it will make occasional maroon with yellow spots seeds. It is know to be a good cooking/shelled bean with a great creamy texture. It can send up short runners so some small support or extra space should be given. Originally from South America. 50 seeds for $2.00.




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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVaquero bnVaq
This beautiful bean is like an Anasazi bean but with black instead of maroon. It is a cooking bean like a pinto. Vaquero means cowboy.  50 seeds for $2.00.




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FAVA varieties (Vicia faba):

Bean ‘Extra Precoce A Grano Violetto’ aka ‘Extra Precoce Violetto’ favViol
This variety’s name means extra early purple seed. There are also green seeded varieties of Favas, but I grew up eating the purple kind so I picked this to carry. We always ate them simply cooked in a bit of water with garlic, pepper, salt, olive oil, and a touch of butter. Accompanying them was always good hearty Italian bread. You used the bread to sop up the juice. (I’m getting hungry writing this.) Unlike regular beans Favas do well with cool weather. Having a short season variety is nice since so many areas like here go from cool to hotter than Hades right quick. They can also be planted in late summer for a fall crop in places south of here. In places like Florida, they can be planted as a winter crop. 25 seeds for $2.50.




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LIMA/BUTTER Varieties (Phaseolus lunatus):

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlack Jungle Butterbean pole limaBJu
This variety originally comes from a person who saved beans from Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead FL. (Homestead, FL has signs that say Pole Bean Capitol of the World) prior to hurricane Andrew. The business lost their records in the hurricane so the origins of this one before then are lost. It has developed a devoted following of growers as they love its production and flavor. Sometimes you will see the name Harry attached to the name as he was the one who first distributed this variety out to the public so it would not be lost. 50 seeds for $2.50.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACarolina Red pole limaCR
This heirloom variety has a dark red seed. I can not find much info about this variety, but it is highly recommended by those who grow it. 50 seeds for $2.00.




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‘Christmas‘, pole limaChr
By customer request~ This is a big old heirloom Lima. The beans are maroon and white. They are nutty in flavor and creamy in texture. This variety is know by many names including ‘Fagioli del Papa'(Pope’s beans,) ‘Large Speckled Calico’,’Giant Butter’, and ‘Giant Florida Pole’ 25 seeds for $1.75.




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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA‘Dixie Speckled Butterpea’, bush limaDSB
This is a small lima or as often called down south, butter pea. It is a favorite variety of many gardeners. The bushes are small and after the first harvest, they can re-bloom and set beans again. They do well here, and they do well in pots.
75 seeds for $1.50.
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‘Florida Speckled Butterbean’, pole limaFSB
This is a popular climbing variety of baby lima bean. They do well in hot southern weather. 75+ seeds for $1.50.
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‘Jackson Wonder Butterbean’, bush limaJWB
This variety originally from Georgia was first introduced 1888. The beans when shelled are tan with dark purple markings. They turn reddish brown when cooked. The will do well up north. 75 seeds for $1.50.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALoudermilk, bush limaLou 
I’ve seen this variety listed as pole, but what I have is definitely a bush. It is an easy to grow variety even up north, early to mature. The beans do look like they are suppose to so I have no idea about the pole vs. bush issue. It is fairly rare to begin with so pinning down the answer may be difficult. While doing a search on something else, I found a reference to a Lauderback pole butterbean (page 71.) Perhaps there was some name confusion at some point? 30 seeds for $3.00.




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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAburpeesfarmannua1891watl_0033burpeeswillowleafbean1892‘Willow Leaf pole Lima bnWil
This heirloom from the 1800’s is an attractive growing plant. The leaves are more lance shaped than normally seen hence the willow name. The name originally included Burpee’s. As to why it was dropped, I’m not sure. Many other varieties of vegetables and flowers still carry names signifying they came from them. The white limas are on the smaller side what many would consider a butterbean. It grows well down south for sure. Up north, it may be a challenge though needing about 85 warm days to produce. On the south side of a building when it stay hotter may be the way to experiment with it. The name originally was Burpee’s Willow Leaf. The text pic (click to enlarge) is from 1891 when Burpee first introduced it. The color pic is from thew 1892 catalog. As to why Burpee’s was dropped from the name, I’m not sure. Many other varieties of vegetables and flowers still carry names signifying they came from them. 50 seeds for $2.00.




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COWPEAS aka SOUTHERN PEAS (Vigna unguiculata):

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPiggott Family Heirloom cwPFH
This is a very tasty Louisiana family heirloom. The family has grown them since the mid 1800’s. The plants are vining to about 8′. I ran into a customer in KY, and she could not say enough good things about this variety! Vigorous grower and producer. 75 seeds for $1.75.




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‘Top Pick Pinkeye Purple Hull cwTPPPH
I am by no means an expert on cowpeas so I picked this variety based on the video on YouTube called “How to Grow Purple Hull Peas” as it was the recommended variety.

The pods are set above the foliage which makes them easy to see and pick hence the addition of Top Pick to the name as there are other Pink Eye Purple Hulls out there. 75 seeds for $1.75.




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EDAMAME/SOY Varieties (Glycine max):

Bean Soybean/Edamame ‘Beer Friend’ bnSoyBF
By customer suggestion ~ This variety’s name come from the fact that in Japan, they are a bar snack as peanuts are here. We seem to use them more in recipes here, but I do like to cook soybeans in the pod, salt them, and then eat them out of the pods. No matter what you do with them, this seems to be a good variety to grow. 30 for $1.75.




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Bean, Soybean/Edamame ‘Korean Black’ bnSoyKB
The seed coats of this variety are very dark, quite unusual. The interior of the beans are still green. They are very flavorful. 30 seeds for $2.00.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASoybean ‘Natsu KurakakebnSoyNKu
This is an unusual looking soy bean. The seeds are a bit smaller than the other two varieties offered so they may be better for recipes and not snacking on them from the pods. I see them listed as really long to dry seed, but I didn’t have a problem here with getting seed. Limit ONE per customer. 30 seed for $3.00.
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ASIAN varieties:


Bean, Asparagus aka Yard Long, Black Seeded (Vigna unguiculata sesquipedalis) bnAspBS
I received plants from a friend this year. Having run out of garden space, I grew the beans in 5 gallon buckets on the driveway. They did great! I think for the northern part of the country, this may be the way to go for those heat loving varieties of the Vigna genus that can be finicky for us.
This cultivar of Asparagus bean has light green pods with a pink tip and the dried seed is black. Some people think they taste like a bean asparagus cross hence the name, but I just taste bean. The Yard Long name is of course from the amazing length of the pods. Sometimes they get quite big as in the photo to the right. In general thought they average a bit over a foot long. Produces long vines like a pole bean. 50 seeds for $2.00.
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Asparagus aka Yard Long, Red Seeded (Vigna unguiculata sesquipedalis) bnAsp
This popular variety also produces very long thin green pods without strings and looks like the photos shown for the black seeded cultivar above.. Some think it tastes like a bean asparagus cross hence the name, but I just taste bean. The Yard Long name is of course from the amazing length of the pods. Sometimes they get quite big as in the photo to the right. In general thought they average a bit over a foot long. Produces long vines like a pole bean. Great for areas with hot summers, but will still do well up north. Dry seeds are red. 50+ seed for $1.25.

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SCARLET RUNNER varieties (Phaseolus coccineus):

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAyocote Morado (Purple Runner aka Oaxacan Purple) bnAyM
This is a Mexican heirloom runner bean. The bean seeds are lavender, very pretty. Please note that though the beans come from Mexico, they still do not form bean pods in really hot weather. So do not get discouraged if you don’t see beans during the high heat of summer, as soon as it gets to more reasonable temps, the beans will come. The beans though still large are smaller than other runner beans. 30 beans for $2.00.




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‘Insuk’s Wang Kong’ bnIWK
I received this bean from my GW forum friend Jim W. It is an excellent hot weather runner bean. It will not make beans when it is in the 90’s but it will look good and bloom as is shown in my Aug. 11 photo. It is also a hummingbird attractor! I did not know this until one day a hummer and and I scared each other. The origins of this bean are in Korea where Jim’s wife, Insuk, originally came from. Wang Kong means King Bean in Korean. The beautiful shelled beans vary from solid lavender to solid black. 25 seeds for $3.00. LIMIT ONE per customer.
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‘Painted Lady’ bnPLad
This bi-color version of scarlet runner is very pretty and always sought after. The tops are an orange red and the bottoms are white. To see photos on Dave’s Garden, Click Here. 20 seeds for $2.75.




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SCARLET RUNNER BEAN bnSRun
This traditional vine is as at home in the flower garden as it is in the veggie garden. The blooms are a bright hot red. It is a hummingbird attractor. So it is more often grown here in the US as an ornamental, but in other places like the UK, it is grown for the edible beans. I cooked the green beans this past year, and they taste like regular green beans. To me they were ok, but to a friend that grew them, she just loved the green beans. As I’ve said before everyone has their own tastes, and you have to try to know. The dried beans are quite large like big Limas. 25 seeds for $2.00.




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OTHER Ornamental Beans:

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Canavalia gladiata (SWORD BEAN) Canavalia gladiata (SWORD BEAN) bnSword
I became enamored with these Jack and the Bean Stalk type beans after seeing Allan Armitage talk about about them this winter at the Plant WNY winter conference. He gave out beans, and I got one, but I lost the darn thing, lol. So I actually bought some wholesale, and I’m offering the extras that I do not plant here. The plants are quick to grow (I started them in pots inside to get a head start) and get quite large probably over 10 feet easy so they need a large support. The flowers are white-pink and the pods are quite large as are beans in them. It is quite ornamental. There’s a lot of conflicting info about their edibility. When the pots are young, they seem to be edible after cooking. Beyond that point they need special preparation so do not consume unless you know what you are doing. 4 beans for $3.50.




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Dolichos lablab (HYACINTH BEAN VINE) HBVine
This purple stemmed twining vine has scented lavender flowers that look similar to sweet peas. Another plus to the is vine is the seed pods are a beautiful purple giving them ornamental interest. The bean pods are eaten in Asian countries. There seems to be conflicting report of toxicity. Cooked young fresh pods are fine. Dried seed is potentially hazardous having high levels of cyanogenic glucosides, and should not be eaten unless having been properly prepared. They need to be boiled with a couple changes of water, so unless you know what you are doing stick to eating cooked young fresh pods. 15 seeds for $1.75.

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PEAS:

alaskapeaPea ‘Alaska’ aka ‘Earliest of All’ (Pisum sativum) peaAla
This heirloom is from the early 1880’s. From what I’ve read, the original English name was ‘Earliest of All’ which is a fine name, but it got marketed as ‘Alaska’ here in the States and ‘Alaska’ stuck. This variety grows to about 3′ tall and is a good canning and soup type. 75+ seeds for $1.25.




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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPea ‘Blue Podded aka ‘Blauwschokkers‘ (Pisum sativum) peaBP
This is a really neat variety to grow. The pods are a dark dusky purple-blue instead of the normal green. I grew them a few years ago and they grew well here. The pic I took is obviously from before they filled out. They are a climbing variety, 4-6′ tall. This variety is not really meant for fresh eating, but I gave some to a local garden for children and they found the undeveloped flat pods were a good snow pea substitute and were used like a chip to dip in hummus. Full, the hulls are tough like other peas, and the peas themselves have a good creamy flavor, but not as sweet at regular. It is a soup pea so its suppose to be starchier instead of super sweet. 75 seeds for $2.00.




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Pea ‘Green Arrow’ (Pisum sativum) peaGrA
This pea is the favorite of a legume expert friend of mine (Zeedman) who has grown many varieties. I’ve read lots of favorable reports from other too. Plants grow 2-2 1/2 feet tall. Originally from England. 75+ seeds for $1.25.




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Pea ‘Tall Telephone’ aka ‘Alderman’ (Pisum sativum) peaTT
I’m partial to this variety since I’ve been growing it a long time. It get taller than many other varieties so I grow it along my fences in the flower borders. Once they are done, other vines like morning glories have worked their way up the fence to replace them. Of course they are equally fine growing in the vegetable garden. If you’ve never grown peas, you really should. They are so good. I end up not having many make it into the house because I love eating them out in the garden. 75+ for $1.25.




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Pea, Snow ‘Dwarf Grey Sugar’ ( Pisum sativum var. saccharatum) peaDGS
I choose this variety since it seems to be a garden favorite of many. I’m not sure why this it is called dwarf though when it grows 2 -2 1/2′ tall, and there are shorter varieties out there. There must of been a taller Gray Sugar at one time. Anyway, I love snow peas in stir fry. You don’t really need to even cook them, just toss them in at the end to warm them up. Like regular peas, these grow well in cooler weather.
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Pea, Sugar Snap ‘Super Sugar Snap’ peaSSS
This variety is a newer version of ‘Sugar Snap’ and by all accounts is a better version with more disease resistance. I have received many favorable review from customers for this variety and will stick with it. Sugar snap type peas are really sweet. They are easy to deal with since the whole pod is edible. The vines grow to about 5′ so they need support. As with regular peas, these are a cool season crop.
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4 Comments

  • remy says:

    Hi Linda,
    I received a note from Jim W., the gentleman who I originally received the seeds from. He said for southern FL, it may be best to plant late summer/earlyfall for blooms into winter.
    Remy

  • remy says:

    Hi Linda,
    Sorry I do not know where else to get them. Sand Hill does not have them this year. Mine sold out fast. I hope I will have more in the fall.
    You could try asking on garden forums for a trade.
    Remy

  • LINDA says:

    Hi, I am trying to find Insuk’s Wang Kong’seeds. Have just started growing Scarlet Runner bean – it is beautiful now , but understand it will not bear in hot weather. It gets REALLY HOT in S. FL so I thought I would try Insuk’s Wang Kong’. Do you know when you will have them available? or where I could find some for sale?
    I am trying to find vegetables that can tolerate the extreem heat FL summers bring.
    Thank you,
    Linda

  • Heather-Lin Brannon says:

    The hyacinth bean vine is a favorite in my garden. After reading all the conflicting information on the web about it’s supposed edibility or toxicity, I set about cautiously experimenting for myself.

    I have found that the tender leaves steam up well, bright new flowers are wonderful raw, as are the immature beans. Pick a bright purple pod with obvious signs of swelled beans, and you will find green seeds inside, There is a bit of a skin on the seed, but if you nip off the end and squeeze out the inside part of the bean, it tastes remarkably like raw peas. YUM! Now that sounds like a lot of work to make a dish, but its fun for grazing while visiting the garden with friends:) And no side effects whatsoever!

    Cheers! And happy gardening!
    ~Heather-Lin

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