Rattlesnake Pole Bean Seeds - (Phaseolus vulgaris)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 50 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 70 days
- Days to Germination:
- 3-7 days @ 60-85F
- Plant Spacing:
- Light Preference:
- Full sun
- Soil Requirements:
- Well drained
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
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. Superb base for chili, excellent refried, a good baker, prime ingredient in famous Ozark Outlaw Snakebite Chili. Called "Preacher Bean" in parts of the south.
Originally cultivated in Central America, from Mexico to Peru, Bolivia and 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 starting 8,000 years ago. High in protein, easy to grow, dry and cook, they have sustained mankind for millennia.
Snap, Shell, Dry
For Snap Beans, wait until they are about pencil size, but harvest before the beans inside the pods become lumpy. Snap beans, are snapped, strings removed and eaten fresh or cooked.
For Fresh Shell Beans, let the seeds in the pods get good and fat. You shell/remove the green beans from the pod and they are eaten fresh or cooked.
For Dried Beans, let the pods get brown and dry on the plant. Pick them before they can split open and spread out to finish drying. Remove from dried pods and store. Dried beans are usually soaked and cooked.
Pole beans need support to grow on, either poles, a trellis or fence.
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Yes! If you live in the desert, grow these! They take the relentless sun and heat like other pole beans cannot. My other pole beans just fried in our summer heat but these guys were a great replacement for them. Good flavor, too. I plan to try them in a little shade next summer and see how they fare there.
These beans grow very tall, mine were about 12 feet so they need tall heavy duty fencing, not netting. Very productive with large pods and great taste.