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 open-pollinated bean that was bred out of a cross between a pinto and a purple podded bean bred by Minnesota bean breeder Robert Lobitz.
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.
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