Bean

Bean

Beans are an ancient and highly valued food source. 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.

Most heirloom 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.

  • Anasazi Bush Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus vulgaris)
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    Anasazi Bush Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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    Anasazi Bush Bean The Anasazi Bean is a beautiful maroon and white bean, similar to Jacob's cattle bean. Identified as one of the few cultivated crops grown by the Anasazi cliff dwellers. Sweet flavor, meaty and nutty. Our favorite cooking...
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  • Black Valentine Bush Bean - (Phaseolus vulgaris)
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    Black Valentine Bush Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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    Black Valentine Bush Bean - "Fall in Love with this Heirloom" Prolific, string-less in all stages, the young snap beans are slender, almost round, and richly flavorful. A pre-1850's heirloom that germinates in cool soil, making it a good, early...
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  • Blue Ribbon Bush Bean - (Phaseolus vulgaris)
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    Blue Ribbon Bush Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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    Blue Ribbon Bush Bean - "Take Home the Ribbon this Year From Your Garden" Heavy producer of uniform, wide 5 - 6 inch green pods splashed with purplish mottling and are a superb flat pod. Ideal for fresh snap beans and excellent for canning, cooking...
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  • Broad Windsor Fava Bean - (Vicia faba)
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    Broad Windsor Fava Bean Seeds- (Vicia faba)

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    Broad Windsor Fava Bean A classic English variety of Fava, with 5-6" pods with large 1" beans. An ancient legume that has been under cultivation for thousands of years. A classic ingredient in many Italian dishes, Fava beans are primarily grown for the...
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  • Brown Tepary Bean - (Phaseolus acutifolius)
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    Brown Tepary Bush Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus acutifolius)

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    Brown Tepary Bush Bean - The Desert Bean An ancient variety of bush bean, adapted to growing quickly in hot summers, it seems to have been first cultivated in the Southwest by the Hohokam culture. Tepary beans mature quickly and thrive despite desert...
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  • Four Sisters Garden Seed Collection
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    Four Sisters Garden Seed Collection

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    Four Sisters Garden Seed Collection Native American agriculture is well-known for the “Three Sisters” approach of corn, beans and squash supporting, protecting and nourishing each other. Several other crops were very important in Native...
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  • Golden Wax Bean - (Phaseolus vulgaris)
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    Golden Wax Bush Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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    Golden Wax Bush Bean - "A Home Gardener's Favorite Bean" A highly productive compact 15-20" tall plant with clusters of entirely string-less five inch golden-yellow somewhat flat pods having white seeds with a purple/brown eye. Delicious rich buttery...
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  • Kala Chana Garbanzo/Chickpea - (Cicer arietinum)
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    Kala Chana Garbanzo/Chickpea Seeds - (Cicer arietinum)

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    Kala Chana Garbanzo/Chickpea This chickpea is excellent for home gardens, especially in dry, short-season areas. Originally from India, the mature seeds are often parched and eaten as a snack. The fresh or dried seed is cooked in soups, stews and is a...
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  • Purple Queen Bush Bean - (Phaseolus vulgaris)
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    Purple Queen Bush Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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    Purple Queen Bush Bean Loads of easy-to-spot slim purple pods that turn green in cooking. Rated as the best flavored of all beans. Tried and true and a great experience for new gardeners. High yields. Unusual and appealing in both garden and kitchen...
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  • Rattlesnake Pole Bean - (Phaseolus vulgaris)

    Rattlesnake Pole Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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    Rattlesnake Pole Bean Dark-green 8” pods, mottled with purple resembling a rattlesnake. Fast grower, productive, and able to tolerate drought. String-less when young, excellent flavor green or dry.  These are also excellent for freezing...
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  • Red Swan Bean - (Phaseolus vulgaris)
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    Red Swan Bush Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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    Red Swan Bush Bean - "The Beautiful Swan of Your Garden" Deep rose to burgundy purple 4-6" string-less pods with a rich hearty flavor. Beans turn bright green when cooked and have tan seeds when dried. Red Swan is a newer variety, an...
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