Dec
01
2016

Bean Variety Reference Page

Beans listed here are previously grown varieties, and may be re-offered in the future.
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POLE:
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.)
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABean, pole ‘Anasazi Pole’ aka Aztec Cave aka New Mexico cave(Phaseolus vulgaris) bnAnaP
You will often find seed for the bush form of this bean, but not this version. This rarer version is a true pole bean. They grew well and produced a lot of pods both years that I’ve grown them. The green beans tasted good, but have strings. This bean though is known for being a great dried shelled bean.
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Bean, pole Aunt Jean’s bnAuJ
This is a terrific bean that is fast to produce. The pods are stringless at the full green bean stage and taste great, and the beans can be left to mature to use as a dry bean. If you live in a short season area, this is one to try because it develops mature dry seed quickly.
Please also see the pic father down the page of pods next to Jeminez.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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‘Johnson County bnJCo
This is a greasy bean. 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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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beanrandynewsome2Bean ‘Roger Newsome (previously known as Randy Newsome) bnRoN
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. There was a mix up in the name at some point. Bill Best also had this bean listed as Randy not Roger. He has since told me the name should be Roger.
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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 a few years ago 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 then I had a couple bad bean years, and didn’t get much seed.
So sorry, I had crossed seed this year (2016) :( So I will have to go back and try with the older seed next year. My crossed seeds is excellent though so I will be growing those out too and hopefully have a new variety.
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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.
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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.
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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 outs. For the adventurous.
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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.
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Bean, pole 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.”
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HALF RUNNER:
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.
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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.
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BUSH:
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Bean, bush ‘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.
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LIMA:
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.
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SOYBEAN:
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.
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ASIAN BEAN:
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.

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