Beans are an ancient and highly valued foodsource. Originally cultivated in Central America, from Mexico to Peru, Bolivia and down to Argentina. The smaller beans are thought to have been cultivated in Mexico as long as 7,000 years ago, while the larger beans were cultivated in Peru beginning about 8,000 years ago.
Corn, Beans and Squash are staples around which several civilizations have depended on for their existence. These three simple vegetables provided the basis of a nutritious diet that enabled the people to not only survive, but they thrived and spread their culture, spirituality and agriculture. Many traditions exist for the planting and growing of the Three Sisters, from the shared mounds to fields of corn and beans bordered by squash.
Much of the agricultural traditions depend on the soil and environmental conditions of the region where they were grown. Where water was abundant fields were planted, as opposed to the arid South West, where water was hand carried to each plant each day. There is no universal tradition of planting or cultivating these three incredibly important vegetables, but there are similarities and benefits that each variety provides to the others.
Most beans pair well with corn and squash, as they fix greatly needed nitrogen in the soil, and aid in the growth of a specific fungus that helps protect the corn from disease. The beans climb up the corn when planted closely, getting sun and in turn helping to anchor the corn against winds. Summer savory helps the beans growth and improves their flavor.
High in protein, easy to grow, dry and cook; they have sustained mankind for millenia. Please look at our offerings and read the stories.
Approx 50 - 60 seeds per pack.
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