I’m trying different types of bean seeds this year in the garden and can’t wait to get started. I acquired several varieties at the Seedy Saturdays I attended and while I’m waiting for planting time I’ve been doing some research and finding info on them.
These are 5 different varieties for my garden, either pole beans or bush beans. These were either purchased or came from the swap table.
Heirloom Black Valentine Beans – This lovely green filet bean is known for its sweet and “beany” taste. Mauve flowers grow on this bush variety. You can plant this in cool soil and it takes about 50 days to reach the snap variety. Leave it longer to harvest the beans and it is great made into black bean soup. If you plant seeds every 2 to 3 weeks you will have a continual supply of beans at harvest time.
Deseronto potato bean – This is a gorgeous rare white bean from the Tyendinaga Mohawk reservation in Deseronto, Ontario (very close to where I live). A hardy and vigorous half-runner type with creamy yellow flowers and smooth white beans. You can cook them like mashed potatoes or use as a thickener for soups and stews. It will grow up a fence or pole and takes about 100 days to reach maturity.
Painted pony beans – An heirloom multi-purpose bean that can be picked early for a snap bean or left a few more weeks until mature and used for a shell bean. The half brown and half white kidney-shaped bean gives rise to its name. A very sturdy and productive plant that can reach 40 cm. tall.
Speckled Tepary beans – A rare bean that resembles a small pebble with blue speckles and tan variations. Originally from the Tohono O’odham people, or desert people. Tepary beans were the staple food crop for the O’odham. A very small and hardy plant that grows well in heat and dry conditions and matures quickly. Beans are best used dried for baking. plants will not exceed 20 cm. tall.
Mostoller wild goose beans – The name of this bean comes from a great story. Supposedly a bean was found in the gullet of a goose that was shot by civil war veteran John W. Mostoller around 1866. This pole bean grows into beautiful hardy plants with magenta flowers. This is an excellent baking bean!
As these bean seeds grow I’ll be documenting the growth, the flowers, and the beans and recording them in separate posts for future reference. I wonder if there will be a great difference.
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