Jul
01
2014

Buy BEAN 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. Many varieties this year (2013) were grown at Arden Farm which is a Certified Organic farm in East Aurora, NY. If you need to know which are 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.

**Since people come to this page for reference, some out of stocks will be left in place. Sorry, I know this can be annoying to some, but many people like to have the information resource.

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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 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 already out of stock. Hopefully back in the Fall of 2014.
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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.




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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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beangoodmotherBean ‘Good Mother Stallard pole bnGMS
This is a very pretty (pic to come) heirloom cooking bean of a nice size. I don’t know much history except that it was originally sent to the owner of Sand Hill Preservation, and he grew it and distributed it. It has since become fairly popular. 50 seeds for $2.00.




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Bean ‘Jembo Polish’ bnJPol
This is my favorite overall bean. It is pretty rare and should be more well known. It is very vigorous and makes lots of tasty beans that do not have strings until very late stage. They are a flat podded variety but do not have seeds like a romano. My photo of Earl’s Faux tomato has Jembo Polish pods to the right of the scale. To see the pic Click Here. The seeds are quite large for a string bean.I’ve had people look at them and think they were Lima seeds. They might be good as a dry bean for cooking, but I’ve not tried them that way. 25 seeds for $3.00. LIMIT ONE per customer.
Sorry, out of stock until Fall 2014.
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Bean ‘Jeminez’ aka ‘Jimenez’ aka ‘Jiminez’ bnJemi
This is a strong grower for me producing lots of very large long flat pods streaked with red. They have a great bean flavor, and are stringless until the they start to plum up and ripen. As they ripen the pods get redder as shown in the photo to the left. In the photo to the right, they are pictured on a normal size Corelle dinner plate with the smaller Aunt Jean’s beans. LIMIT ONE per customer. 30 seeds for $3.00.
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‘Johnson County  bnJCo
This is a greasy bean. (I somehow messed up and never put this variety up for sale.  I also never got a photo.) The pods are thin and purported to be fairly long, but I grew mine in 5 gallon buckets and they were not too long, so that must of affected the size a bit. They ripen mostly at he same time so those you who like to have lots of beans at once or are canners will like this one. These are from KY via Bill Best who got them from a lady that live in Lexington. 30 seeds for $3.00.




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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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Bean ‘Lazy Housewife’ 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. Both bean seeds are white and the about the same in length, but The Lazy Wife bean would be plumper and more rounded where as Lazy House Wife is more elongated. I do not know if they are related to each other or not at this time. 50 seeds for $2.00.
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Bean ‘Lingua di Fuoco’, borlotto/pole bnLDF
The name of this Italian borlotto bean translates to Tongue of Fire. It is called that because of the brightly streaked red pods. Borlotto beans are also known as cranberry or Roman beans. They are used as cooking beans more than snaps. When plump the beans are shelled and are cooked with a bit of water, garlic, black pepper, olive oil, and salt. They are excellent simply like that with a hunk of good Italian bread. Seed treated with Thiram fungicide. 50 beans for $1.75.




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Marie Amazilitei bnMAm
This is an unusual curled wax/yellow pole bean. They curl so much they look like 6′s. It is very neat to grow. This bean is Romanian in origin.
The usage of WAX in the name or description of beans (and also hot wax peppers) is from the color yellow. Before the of prevalence of electricity in homes, candle wax was once a common place household item. Candles were a utilitarian item unlike now where all we mostly see are dyed candles for decorative use. Candle wax before dying is a subdued yellow in color hence the usage to describe some vegetables.
I had much difficulty getting a lot of good bean seed as the pods split at the seams as they were drying. I suspect it was because of how dry it was all summer and then of course at seed saving time it became wet.
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Bean ‘Marvel of Venice’ bnMOV
This is an Italian heirloom yellow/wax romano type. The pods are long(to 9″) and wide, very pretty and tasty. Seed treated with Thiram fungicide. 50 seeds for $1.50.

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Bean ‘North Carolina Speckled Long Greasy Cut-Short’ bnNCSL
This another fairly rare bean that I think is deserving of more recognition. The vines are excellent growers and producers. It was late for bean seed collection so those of you north of here may run into problems with that. The pods are not that long, but for a greasy bean they are. For those of you reading who may not know Greasy is a term for bean that look glossy because the little “hairs” that give a bean green a matte appearance are missing. The green beans plump up quite nicely, so they are nice and meaty eating. The flavor is milder bean to my taste. The bean seed is beige with tan speckles. They are semi-cut short if that is a term! Some seed ends do look cut short while others look fairly like a normal bean seed. This variety has strings. 30 seeds for $2.00.
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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. 50 beans for $2.00.




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beanrandynewsome2Bean ‘Randy Newsome bnRaN
This was a very productive bean fall/October. The beans as you can see turn mostly red with a bit of white as they age. This variety is believed to have originated in Floyd County, KY. 30 seeds for $3.00.




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Bean ‘Rattlesnake’ bnRatt
This well known heirloom pole has long green pods streaked with purple which makes for easy picking. They are stringless while young before the seeds develop. 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 $2.00. Limit ONE per customer.
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Red Eye Fall (Fall/October Bean) bnREG
This is a very 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. Limit ONE per customer. 30 beans for $3.00.
Sorry, now out of stock. Hopefully back Fall 2014.
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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.
Sorry, out of stock. I unfortunately did not get these planted this year, 2013.  The farm was going to plant them, but the inspector did not understand that the variety  is now rare.
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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 TWO per customer. 30 seeds for $3.00.




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Bean ‘Stortino di Trento bnSDT
This bean is quite novel looking. They are green with purple striping and they curl up at the ends. Italian beans that do this are often called shrimp beans. 75 seeds for $2.00.




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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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beanTNgreasyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABean ‘Tennessee Greasy Mix’ bnTGM
This crazy mix came from seeds from Sand Hill Preservation. I planted only the small brown speckled seed (Click on right pic to see it, and the other 3 colors.) and got a mix of four different types of beans. I also got the dark blue beans which came from green pods with a purple overlay, very pretty. Then I got the pretty lighter off white specked with black beans and lastly the olive green hued beans. All very neat in their own right. I’ve never seen anything like this. Glen from Sand Hill states, “I’ve tried for over 10 years to segregate this. I’ve concluded that it is a true mixture. Seeds are various colors as well as having pods of various shapes and textures. Beans can be used both in the green snap stage and dried for soup. Ornamental and colorful.” After discussing this on a bean forum, there is thoughts that it is not stable because of a gene that may be involved, but it could become more consistent with more grow out. For the adventurous. 30 seeds for $2.50.




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Bean ‘True Red Cranberry pole bnTRC
This very old heirloom used to be called ‘Red Cranberry’, but a lot of beans by that name must of been floating around as cranberry is a popular name with beans. This bean is completely dark red not mottled like other beans with cranberry in the name. In my copy of  Field and Garden Vegetables of America from 1863, the description starts off, “This is one of the oldest and most familiar garden beans, and has probably been longer and more generally cultivated in this country than any other variety.” Also, we know it as a cooking bean now, but the description goes on to say, “…hardy and productive variety, principally grown as a string-bean. The pods are succulent and tender; and these qualities are retained to a very advances stage of growth.” So it might be good to give it a go as than and not just saved for shelling. 50 seeds for $2.00.
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Bean ‘Turkey Gizzard’ aka ‘Turkey Craw’ bnTurkG
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. Good for canning. 75 beans for $2.00.
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Bean Zelma Zesta bnZelma
This variety has green pods striped with purple. They are stringless. This is an older Parks seed variety that originated from a family heirloom. Some of this bean’s history was described over on the GardenWeb Bean forum by the member Rodger(The supplier of my seeds):
“The Zelma Zesta bean was developed by my wife’s Great Uncle the Late Mr JC Metze. Mr Metze gave me a quart jar of seed in the early 80s. The bean was developed from a family bean that he selected for long tender pods. In the 1960s he sold the patent for the bean to Parks seed company which is about 30 miles from us here in South Carolina. Parks Trialed the bean at their bean grow out farm in Selma Alabama. My understanding from Parks seed is all varieties that were introduced from the Selma Alabama farm used the name Selma. Parks no longer uses the farm in Selma Alabama most seed is generated abroad or in the Western part of the US today. Parks sold the bean in their catalog in the 1960s to early 1970s. So the real name of the bean would have been Selma Zesta, but I use the spelling of Zelma Zesta because that is what is written on the label that Mr JC Metze gave me when he gave me the beans.” 75 beans for $2.00.
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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 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 $1.50.
Sorry now out of stock until Fall 2014.
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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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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 when retired from work pursued a dream of gardening full time. 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. 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 by no longer planting them. 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.
Sorry, these are already out of stock. Will be back in the Fall of 2014.
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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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‘Bobis d’Albenga bnBoDA
This is an Italian green bean striped with purple. It is well loved for its beany flavor. 50 seeds for $1.75.

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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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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA‘Coco Bianco’ bnCoB
I grew this bean, a bunch of plants, in a gigantic planter and they did very well (photo is from 7/27.) I had no idea it was considered just a cooking bean so we ate them as green beans at the stage you can see on the plate (8/12,) and  they were very good. The bean seeds are large and white so I can see why they are considered and excellent cooking bean. They would go well in soup. 50 seeds for $2.00.




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‘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. Photo courtesy of a generous customer. 75+ seeds for $1.25.




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Bean ‘Flageolet bnFla
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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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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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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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 $2.00.

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LIMA/BUTTER Varieties (Phaseolus lunatus):

‘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 cramy 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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‘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 was first introduced 1888. The beans are tan with dark purple markings. They turn reddish brown when cooked. 75 seeds for $1.50.

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COWPEAS akk SOUTHERN PEAS (Vigna unguiculata):

‘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 reccomended 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 more of a dark charcoal gray, but close enough to black, quite unusual. The interior of the beans are still green. They are very flavorful. 30 seeds for $2.00.




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Bean, Soybean/Edamame ‘Lucky Lion bnSoyLL

This variety is very popular. It is suppose to be a good grower and heavy producer of 3 beans per pod. 30 seeds for $2.00.
Now out of stock until Fall 2014.
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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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Asparagus aka Yard Long, White Seeded (Vigna unguiculata sesquipedalis) bnAspWS
This version of Asparagus bean of course has light seeds, actually a pale tan color. Pods of this variety will grow pretty darn long to a bout 2 1/2 feet. 50 seeds for $1.50.




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‘Red Noodle’ Asparagus Bean bnRNo
This variety is quite popular because of its red pod color. They do look quite striking while growing, but they do not retain the color when cooked. 50 seeds for $2.00.
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SCARLET RUNNER varieties (Phaseolus coccineus):

SCARLET RUNNER BEAN bnSRun
This 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 Limas. 25 seeds for $1.75.

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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. 20 seeds for $2.25. LIMIT ONE per customer. Sorry out of stock. Cut worms or something else cut my vines and I got a very poor crop this year. Hopefully, they will be back in 2014.
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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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OTHER Ornamental:

Dolichos lablab (HYACINTH BEAN VINE) HBVine
This purple stemed 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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4 Comments

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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