Beans


Welcome to the wonderful world of Beans! Listed below is only a small sampling of what is really available out in the Heirloom Bean World. Beans have been around for longer than any other heirloom vegetable ever recorded! Their healthy benefits to our diets and their low maintenance of care and storage make them an ideal vegetable for our lifestyle!

Please note: I, being a bean crazy hunter, have too many in my inventory. Because I have essentially “retired/slowed down”, I will not be accepting more bean varieties from other bean collectors.

New for 2014, I will continue growing BEANS on a “hobby” basis. Not all will be available each year…only those that I have extra and those that I have grown out in the immediate year. (Updated October 19th) Prices, as listed will remain the same. “N/A”  means not available.

Happy Hunting! Mandy
Seeds packets are $2.50 each, unless otherwise indicated.

  1. 1000:1 – NEW…a very pretty Navy Runner wee bean coming in a variety of colors on a white back ground.  N/A
  2. Agate Soybean – a New Mexico heirloom. Introduced to the US from Sapporo, Japan in 1929(S.S.Ex.) One of my favorites as it will out produce itself. Beautiful bi-colored seeds are small, olive green with dark greenish brown painted half on its inside curves. 60-75 days for fresh eating.
  3. Appaloosa Bush - Plants offer up long slim pods. The long narrow beans that are white at one end and brown/black mottling at the other end. 65-100 days
  4. Arikara Yellow Bush – seeds were orig. obtained from the Arikara tribe of North Dakota & intro. into Oscar Will’s 1915 “Pioneer Indian Collection of Seeds”. Prolific plants produce these yellow/tan-shaded seeds. Excellent for dry cooking use and will tolerate hot dry summer conditions well.   1 left!
  5. Aztec Red Kidney Bush – New for 2013! (aka Big Red) Originated in Peru. The Aztec & Incas valued beans so highly, they used them to pay tribute to their gods. Indian traders introduced them to Central and South America. Spanish Explorers, on their return from the Americas, brought these back with them to Europe. The largest kidney bean that I have seen! Plants were also the largest bush types growing this summer. Production was equally great, but later than most others. Pods were long, smooth and a pleasure to shell out. Each pod bore 7 to 8 gi-normous deep burgundy red seeds, in a slightly curved “kidney” shape compared to other kidney types. (It has been said, phytohaemagglutinin, a lectin is common in bean varieties, but especially higher in Red Kidneys. Apparently cooking these beans at too low a temperature (slower cookers) is more lethal/toxic than eating raw beans!…Wikipedia – the Free Encyclopedia) 85-90 days
  6. Big Red Kidney – New for 2014! Obtained this one from my gardening buddy Jim Ternier years ago. For some reason this year, this variety out grew, out produced and was larger than the Aztec Red Kidney! Why! I can’t answer that. But I will offer it and hope that you will experience more of the same. 
  7. Black Coco Semi-Runner – grown for me by my young gardener friend Katie in BC. Just love these plump roundish jet black shiny seeds! Excellent for re-fried beans. Cooks down quickly. Heavy producer on taller 24″ plants. 80-85 days dry   N/A
  8. Black Jet Soybean – said to be orig. from the USDA seed bank. History unknown. These have a great rich flavor and just barely finish in our climate at 95 days. Quite prolific plants with thin-skinned beans that are green when fresh and black when dry. Plants are under 2 feet tall.
  9. Blue Lake Bush – one of the most popular and longest remaining green varieties still around. Known for its reliable performance in almost any garden condition. A heavy yielder of smooth skinned, straight, round pods about 6″ long. Very tender and meaty. Highly recommended for canning or freezing. White seeds. $2.00
  10. Blue Jay Bush – preserved, re-introduced & maintained by members of the Seeds of Diversity Canada & Everdale Invir. Learning Canada in Ontario. Prolific for a short season variety! The seeds are gorgeous…a deep navy blue, mottled with tan markings. Am told does really well in cold wet weather! 60 days snap/90 days dry
  11. Brockton Horticultural Pole – New for 2013! Intro. in 1885 by the Aaron Low Seed Co. who obtained the orig. seed from a vendor in Brockton, Massachusetts. Like a large reddish/beige/brown, over-stuffed “kidney-shaped” variety with a cranberry/horticultural bean pattern. Makes a great soup bean, but colors disappear when cooked.
  12. Bumble Bee Bush – New for 2012! One of the largest heirloom bean varieties (from Maine) I have ever seen and grown. Properly named, as these gorgeous chubby/oblong heavy seeds are mainly white with maroon/brown splashes near its “eye”. 16” plants are very productive, producing 5” long pods, each offering 3 to 5 large seeds. 85 to 98 days
  13. Bunyard’s Exhibition Broad – heritage variety intro. in the Victorian era before 1835. This English white “long-pod” can grow to 48″…so staking is advised in most gardens. Keep picking mature pods off to encourage further production. Fresh seeds are white when fresh, maturing to a light beige/brown when dry.   N/A
  14. Calypso Bush – (aka “Yin Yang“) I just fell in love with this bean when I first laid my eyes on it. Originally from the Caribbean! The chubby round black and white seeds (occ. some will have a tiny black “eye”…) are produced in heavy abundance in medium length pods, with averages from 4-6 seeds per. Is of a dwarf bush habit…perfect for small gardens. Will perform well in almost any weather condition and soil. That’s how true heirlooms do it! 85 days dry
  15. Canadian Wild Goose Runner – NEW...another super pretty wee roundish variety with loads of white base and grey to black specks.   N/A
  16. Candy – another gorgeous large pink based with maroon stripes and swirls and “eye” ring. Plants are semi-runners and will twine modestly…so would suggest some support. A shell bean and one of my favorites to simply look at! 85 days.   N/A
  17. Cannellini Bush – A great true Italian heirloom favorite by every sense of the word! White seeds are a large kidney shape. Plants are moderately productive with long pods containing 5-7 seeds. Pods are semi-wrinkled, yet easy to shell. The saving grace is their taste! One of the most delicious meaty beans. And once dried, used for traditional minestrone soups and baked into many other Italian dishes. 85 days
  18. Cannellini Runner Pole New for 2013! Said to have come originally from Argentina. Gosh! These white jolly seeds are huge! (Not to be confused with other Lima bean varieties) Plants grow to 6 feet plus. Extremely popular with great chefs, because of their smooth texture and full bodied nutty flavor. 90 days
  19. Cherokee Trail of Tears Pole - the ancestors of Dr. John Wyche from Hugo, OK, carried this bean over the infamous winter death march from Oct.1838 to Mar.1839 in the Smoky Mountains of Oklahoma leaving a trail of 4000 graves, later became known as “The Trail of Tears“. Flowers are a gorgeous violet and shiny jet black seeds come forth. Fresh pods are green. As pods mature, they turn to a dark purple when ripe/dry. 85 days $3.00
  20. Chinese Red Noodle OP- (aka Yard Long, aka Red Noodle Asparagus Bean) This variety is new to this area and is quite challenging to grow. Offers a stunning visual for the eyes when in full production, with 18-24″ long slender pods. Must be trellised as plants can reach 6 to 8 ft in height. Vines are vigorous, yet it is a reluctant climber! Pods are a deep scarlet/rose/burgundy with some purplish tones…just beautiful. Wish we had a long hot summer to enjoy a longer production as they won’t stop, once the heat is on! Can be steamed or stir-fried, as they are stringless and very tasty. Small brown seeds.  $3.00   N/A
  21. Christmas Lima Pole - (aka “Large Speckled Calico“, aka “Giant Butter Bean“) Dating back to 1840’s, used as a green shell Lima or as a dry bean. Prolific vines can climb from 9-10 feet, offering heavy yields. Large “quarter-sized” seed are richly “chestnut flavored”, with the texture of baked potatoes when smashed! Bears well in hot weather. Huge seeds…very beautiful! 75-90 days  $3.00
  22. Dapple Grey Bush – New for 2012! Oh, what a pretty and unusual colored variety! (…see photo album) Half white, half grey/brown/tan toned distinct areas on roundish/oval seeds, complemented with a fair amount of spots and splashes. A dry bush variety, being very productive and resistant to most adverse weather conditions. 87 days  N/A
  23. Dedo’s Day/Night Reg. Semi-Runner – (aka ? Calypso Red) This variety is a favorite of my father-in-law, Steve Botincan, obtained from his homeland of Croatia over 40 years ago. Plants form semi-runner vines…about 3-5 feet. Fresh pods are slightly thick, with red stripes on lite green/beige. Dry pod shells are wrinkled when dry…yet easy to shell out. Most carry about 4-5 seeds. Cute chubby oval white dipped on their sides in deep burgundy…with an occasional tiny spot to match. Can be eaten fresh shelled or cooked from dry.  Limited
  24. Dedo’s Day/Night Varient Semi-Runner – almost the same as above mentioned with some distinct differences. (Looks so much like Dona Bobolink) Dry pods are smooth, not wrinkled. The dried seeds are slightly larger…1/4 white and 3/4 burgundy! These both grew out of the same seed samples and have remained true. 75-85 days
  25. Dragon’s Tongue Bush – (aka “Merville de Piemonte“, aka “Horticultural Wax“) This Dutch heirloom variety offers 6-8″ long flat, wide, stringless pods with pale greenish yellow color base and deep purple stripes running their length. Can be eaten fresh as a snap, shelled bean or dried & stored. Stripes disappear with cooking. Plants are high yielding and compact. Early
  26. Dutch Brown Bush – Unknown history. Obtained from my friend Ruth M. Very distinctively colored amber/brown, “kidney-shaped”. These delicious beans make great additions to soups and for baking. Plants are very productive and great in short seasons. Have not tried to use as a snap, but have heard people using them so. About 80-95 days   N/A
  27. Dwarf American Horticultural Bush – (aka “Taylor Horticultural Dwarf“) Listed in 1904 by E. E. Evans Seed Co. catalog as originating from West Branch, M.I. Here is a nice compact form of the original. Pods are thick, flattish, lite green and about 5″ long. Seeds are very beautiful… cream/pink/beige base with reddish burgundy specks and splashes. A few are solid red/burgundy. They are chubby, oval and thick. When fresh, look like common green shell beans. As the name implies, a nice dwarf variety that is very productive! Despite their small size, they finish in about 90-100 days.
  28. English Windsor Broad - this one produces large long (7″) fleshy pods with glossy skin and flat brown seeds. Can be used as a green shell bean. Unlike peas, sow these only in warm soils in rows 18″ apart, with seeds 2-3″ apart from one another in the row. Pinch the tips of the plants after the first 4 to 5 flowers clusters appear, to set the pods. 70 days  $2.00
  29. Etna – NEW…limited.
  30. Flagg Pole - (aka “Skunk Bean“, aka “Chester“) …and what a pretty one it is! “Older” historical documentation found in 2007, may indicate this one originated with the Iroquois Indians. Gail Flagg of Fort Kent, Maine claims she received it from a farmer in the area of Chester, Vermont (…date and history unknown) Flat large Lima-like beans with black and white stripes, streaks & flecks. Very productive, easy to shell and cooks up quickly. 80 days.
  31. Flagrano Green slicing – Pods are very easy to shell. Pods are very full, containing 8-10 green seeds in each. These French flageolet beans are quite flavorful. Great frozen, fresh or allowed to dry for winter use. Seeds are medium-sized, whitish green. Mid season producer.
  32. Fordhock Lima – see #83.
  33. Ga Ga Hut Pinto   One pkt.left…
  34. Golden Lima Pole – One of 1186 bean varieties given to the S.S.Ex. by John Withee and his Wanigan Association ( ? Abundant Life Seed Foundation) in 1981. Similar in appearance to Limas, BUT not a true Lima. Beautiful flattened golden semi-round seeds with dark pink striping. A dry bean with great flavor, vigorous vines and fantastic production. 80-90 days
  35. Gold (en) of Bacau Pole – New for 2012! A waxy golden Romano type variety from Bacau of Romania. 6-8″ stringless pods are quite large, semi-curled, offering 4-5 large grey plump oblong seeds. Heavy producer and early at 65 days.
  36. Golden Roma BushNew for 2013! A long time favorite of gardeners, cooks and chefs. The long, tender pods are nutty and delicious. Pods are quite large, flat and thick. A long season producer. White seeds. 58 days
  37. Golden Wax Bush M’s – Yup! A top-notch staple of the regular garden! Delicious golden yellow straight pods are stringless with extra fine flavor. Plants are very bushy and if you keep the plants picked, you will have production right up till frost…if the weather stays fine! I have selected these out for a number of years. For reasons I do not know…my seeds have become slightly chubby in form…with no ill effect on performance. Seeds are white with brown patches on their inner aspects. 55 days for fresh pods. N/A
  38. Good Mother Stallard Pole – I can’t stop rolling these plump, nearly round beautiful seeds in my hands! Nature has developed offerings such as these and guaranteed no one cannot resist them! This vigorous heirloom was intro. to S. S. Ex. members by Glenn Drowns. Vines can reach 5-7ft. Pods offer up 3-5 seeds per. Plants are very tolerant of adverse weather. Seeds are deep burgundy with white and red swirls all over.
  39. Grand Forks Soybean – New for 2012! that’s what we need…another cute soybean variety! Plants are quite short in stature, bearing pods with 2-3 seeds within. Seeds dry to a green and brown coloration. 80-90 days till dry.   N/A
  40. Grandma Nellie’s Pole - (aka “G. N’s Yellow Mushroom“) As has been told by Tanya S., “Nellie Chernoff obtained these seeds from a Russian lady in 1952. Nellie grew them in Kamsask, Sask. until 1988, when her granddaughter Marge Mozelisky took over preserving them”. Pods are yellow & the seeds…brown. Their flavor, when cooked tastes a little like mushrooms! Strange but true as I found out.   N/A
  41. Green Envy Soybean – Dev. By the late Prof. Elwyn M. Meader from the U. of New Hampshire. The upright 2 ft. stoutl plants bear an early prolific crop of bright green beans for fresh shelling or drying. Tan pubescence. Well established short season favorite. 75 days
  42. Green Flageolet Slicing Bush – (aka ? “Flambeau“) Said to be a famous bean variety orig. from the south of France. Used in cassoulets and excellent with meats. Prized by chefs as they cook down easily into a nice white bean sauce. Fell in love with these ultra thin, ultra slim, smooth white/green tinted seeds! These little bushy plants pump out pods like there will be no tomorrow! The fresh pods are very slim and lite yellow. Once dry the beans want to “pop” right out of their frail shells, whether you are ready or not….very easy to shell. 80 days
  43. Hanna Hank – new…available
  44. Helda Pole – European (an old Flemish Belgium variety) pole bean variety with giant Romano-type pods (about 10”/22cm long) that remain stringless throughout its season. Medium green, flattish pods with white seeds producing a rich, distinctively sweet, Romano flavor. To be grown on a trellis for the best yield. Place seed only in warm soils, after danger of frosts have passed. Space bunches (2-3) seeds about 30” apart …..OR in rows 10” apart.
  45. Henderson Bush Lima – Intro. as “Wood’s Prolific Bush” in 1885 by T.W.Woods & Sons. The seeds were then sold to Peter Henderson of New York and renamed in 1887. (Now for another twist in this story!...) It is also said that in 1888 Peter Henderson & Co. offered $100.00 cash to the public if they could supply him with plants bearing the most pods in the shortest amount of growing time. Now did someone actually do this…(you be the judge) as their offspring might certainly be here! Dwarf bushy plants can be grown as regular bush beans. “A Vegetable Wonder” Henderson said. Early @ 71 days   $3.00
  46. Hidatsa Shield Figure Pole – New for 2013! Actual history on this one seems to have originated not far from my home base. Grown and shared by the Hidatsa Indian tribe of North Dakota, said to have resided in the Missouri River Valley. According to the S.S.Ex., descriptions of “Shield Figure” exist in a Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden book put out in 1987. The beautiful beans are as large as our “Bumble Bee”… gorgeous and plentifully produced.
  47. Horticultural Bush – New…Sold out!
  48. Hutterite Soup Bush – New for 2013! Received my first batch of these beans from my Oma Anna Rosner, over 45 years ago. I have been growing these ever since and never thought to offer them! History of the Hutterites originated in (1500’s) in Central Europe. After religious persecution, conformed under the beliefs of Jacob Hutter (anti.-war, anti.-violence and common ownership). The Hutterites became almost extinct in the 18th & 19th century. They immigrated to N.A. over 125 years ago, and have flourished, living in communes with an agricultural base. Colonies exist primarily in N.A., as well in Australia, Nigeria and Japan. As one of their heirloom varieties, these make excellent creamy white soup. Greenish yellow seeds have a distinctive grey ring around the “eye” hilum. Very productive and bushy plants! Super easy to shell when dry. Records show Will Bonsall offering these to the S.S.Ex., 1983 Yearbook. Dry at 85 days   N/A
  49. Ireland Creek Annie Bush - An original English heirloom, later grown on the Ireland Creek Farm, in B.C. started pre-1930’s. This variety does well almost anywhere there is decent soil. Stocky 24″ plants produce abundant reliable yields under any weather condition. Pods are 5-6″ long, bearing longish/oval seeds of unusual color…yellow /tan when dry. Easy to shell. Flowers are an attractive pale pink. Very recommended.   N/A
  50. Jackson Wonder Bush – Lima NEW…one of the darkest and smallest seed, limas I have grown. Very pretty. $3.00   1 pkt. left…
  51. Jacob’s Cattle Gold Bush – New for 2012! – (aka “Trout Gold”, aka “Jacob’s Gold”) As was told to me, an out-cross of “Jacob’s Cattle” and “Paint”, stable since 1990. I believe I have the original version of this variety (obtained over 6 years ago from S.S.Ex.), as it appears to be the closest in appearance to its cousins…more white than gold. Other varieties that I have sourced since then, have varied greatly and appear more like a gold “Palamino“. Plants are very productive and the dried pods are easy to shell. Pods contain between 5 to 6 seeds per.
  52. Jacob’s Cattle Reg. Bush – (aka “Trout Bean“) One source says these first orig. from Germany. Another says…old timer from New England States, orig. cultivated by the Passamaquoddy Indians in Maine. Later obtained from the Wanigan Association’s seed collection. These large white and maroon mottled beans have a long history for being a staple of hearty soups. Also the standard for baking beans…esp. Chili! An early producing variety, very suitable for green pod steaming.   N/A
  53. Jumbo Roma Bush New for 2013! Am told these are a cross between Kentucky Wonder & Romano. Couldn’t help but fall in love with this very pretty variety. (…see Photo Album) Plants (potential for semi-runner) are large and healthy. Longish ( 6 ½” to ? 10” stringless possible…) green pods were everywhere, loaded with gorgeous seeds that dry down to beige with dancing grey/brown swirls. Excellent producer, with wonderful flavor. 70 to 80 days   N/A
  54. Kahl Bush – These look like testosterone infused “Hutterite Soup” beans! Chubby oval/round seeds are a soft yellow/lite green with a slate gray ring around the hilum. They are twice the size of Navy whites. These plump beans cook down into a creamy soup and their taste is mild enough for salads and baking. Plants are very productive. Obtained from my friend Ruth M. She tells me they are from the Ukraine. “Originally grown by the grandparents of Stella Kohut, who gave them to Carla Bush”. Great for short seasons.
  55. Kentucky Wonder Green Pole – a heritage pole variety that produces small kidney-like meaty beans in pods that grow from 7″ to 9″ long. Green snap pods have a rich distinctive flavor and are stringless. Plants produce over a long growing season. Seeds are brown and are also delicious when dried. Seed Savers member say that “Taylor’s Guide to Heirloom Vegetables” dates it to 1850’s. 65-85 days   N/A
  56. Keygold Wax Bush – one of his earliest yellow wax bean varieties, says Jim Ternier of Sask. The short 16″ plants are totally covered with nice slender, straight and round pods. One can never have too many fresh yellow beans in the pot OR in the freezer. These indeed will freeze well. Very recommended. Keep’em coming by regular picking.    N/A
  57. Kilimanjaro Speckled(aka Lyamungo) New for 2013! Ah…here is a very pretty “kidney” type….a large red/burgundy with cream speckles. S.S.Ex. say this one originated from a region within Tanzania and has been made famous by their Mount Kilimanjaro. The native Africans use this one in their soups, as they find it will not break down. Tasty!
  58. Koronis Purple New for 2013! Interesting history! A gentleman, Robert (Henry) Lobitz from Paynesville, Minnesota, had a passion for beans and developed this wonderful variety. A devoted member of the Seed Savers Exchange…it appears that a dozen and more can be credited to him. Such varieties as: Alice Sunshine, Cedar Lake, Koronis, Three Sisters, Maggie’s Crescent, Purple Dove, Red Swan, Rose Creek Beauty, Purple Rain & Wadena. Furthermore, he developed one of my favorites…the All Red (aka Cranberry Red) Potato, releasing it in 1984! An early “tallish” bush variety (will ramble, benefits from some staking) offering gorgeous purple-pink blossoms maturing to 6 ½” long pods. Looks like a giant purple kidney bean. Nice!
  59. Kuma Anna’s Charcoal Grey Pole – My 2nd heaviest pole bean producer in 2012 and 2014! Plants were aggressive (7 feet plus) and healthy. I found beautiful wide (cream with flecks & washes of hot deep rose or even plum…) & long 6”- 8” pods all over the place! Everyone is a different shade and pattern! Especially great eating as young flat large pods, as fresh shelled beans or saved for dry winter cooking. The seeds are unusual, roundish/oval, semi-flat, bluish/gray/tan and medium in size. Given to me by my “Kuma Anna” who obtained them from her homeland in Croatia many, many years ago. Late season finisher.    Available!
  60. Lazy Housewife Pole - Any housewife found shelling out beans for long periods of time, can’t be too lazy! My take is that it made their lives a whole lot better, as these will shell out real easy. First listed in W. Atlee Burpee’s 1888 catalog…”We presume it derived its name which seems discourteous, from its immense productiveness, making it easy to gather”. Claimed to be the first completely stringless bean, brought to N.A. by German immigrants & intro. into catalogs around 1810…then one of the oldest documented varieties. Can be used as a shell bean or as a fresh green bean offering superb flavor. Produces till frost. 75 -80 days    N/A
  61. Light Red Kidney – N/A
  62. Lina Sisco’s Bird Egg Bush – These beans (according to the S.S.Ex…) were brought to Missouri by covered wagon in the late 1880’s by Lina’s grandmother. Lina (?) was one of 6 original members that started the Seed Savers Exchange, founded in 1975. Known as a horticultural bean in “cooking” circles. Best kept and used from its dry form. Seeds are very pretty…large tan colored base with red streaks. 80-85 days    N/A
  63. Littlefield Special Bush – and special it is! Another one obtained from Ruth. Just love its large “kidney-shape” with varying splashes of black & white! Looking for all the world like little Holstein cows, AND heavy on the production, too! Grow-outs for 2011 produced a version of this bean with great amounts of black, more than white, than other years! Would weather conditions effect this or different soil conditions?    N/A
  64. Magpie Bush – (aka “Superlative“) Poss. intro. by Suttons in 1909 under the latter name. Could be of French orig. & before from Central America. Variety with large seeds that are patterned in an attractive black and white “splattered” design. Long thin (snap-able) pods grow greater than 6″, born on strong plants. Heavy producer shells easy. 65-90 days.   N/A
  65. Maine Bush - history still remains unknown. However a kind gentleman (Russell Crow…my “bean” man) is quite sure that the variety that I had listed as “Red Eye” is really this variety. Thank you kindly for your help! Seeds are white with minor golden brown splashes on their inner curved belly, around the hilum. (See pics in Photo Album) Regular bush type, offering loads of pods and yield. Does really well in our gardens here.70-80 days
  66. Manitoba Brown Soybean – originating from USDA (Canada) Just love these little power packed medium-sized dull brown beans. Plants are 18″ to 24″ tall and one of my heaviest producer… with uniform sized pods. Great eaten fresh! 80 days     N/A
  67. Marconi Bush New for 2013! Obtained this one from Greta of Ontario. Wow! From all the bush varieties, this one pulled out all the stops for heaviest producer for 2012! Plants were relatively short, yet offering 6 to 14 pods per. Pods (with 4-5 large black roundish seeds) are short, chubby, smooth skinned and easy to shell. One of my favorite seeds to admire that summer. Early at 65 to 75 days    N/A
  68. Mayflower Pole – (aka”Amish Knuttle“, aka “Colorado River Bean“, aka “Red Nightfall“) First records of orig. seed said to have arrived in America with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower in 1620. Pods are short, round and green when fresh and packed up tight with small oval/squarish white seeds with gorgeous maroon/red markings. Just find this one real cute and pretty! Prized for its great flavor with strings! 85-100 days   N/A
  69. Molasses Face Bush- (aka Yellow Eyed China, aka Steuben, aka Dot Eye) According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln…may very well be the Boston baking bean famous for years in the US. A very old var. brought over from the East. Small bush form growing only to 18″. Pods are packed full with chubby cute white and golden/yellow brown beans when dried. 75-80 days   N/A
  70. Montezuma Bush – New for 2013! (aka “Red Mexican”) Could this rare heirloom be traced to a time of the Spanish conquistadors invading the land of the last great Aztec Emperor Montezuma of Mexico, prior to its fall in1521. Remains of this great palace are presently being un-earthed in the heart of what is now known as Mexico City! Wonderful and super tasty, medium-sized roundish beans in a solid brick red color. Plants are very prolific, sprawling, small bush that perform better on drier soils. Great baking bean.   N/A
  71. Mrocumiere Bush – New for 2013! A beauty from Kenya! Gosh! This is un-equally the prettiest bean I have ever grown! Elongated, smooth seeds have variations of purple and plum fine spots, on a light lavender base. They also have a heavy brown ring around the hilum, like “eye” make-up! (…see Flickr…) When I harvested and shelled them out (easy and smooth), I re-checked the label 2 x’s, as the original “brownish” seeds (I had received) did not show so well. Production and health did not disappoint me. A keeper for my extensive collection!
  72. Mystery Purple Pole New for 2013! Predominately green pods. Occasionally some had a purple “wash” over them. The long 8” pods were flattish, ¾” wide, offering up to 8 seeds per pod. Fresh seeds were deep purple, large (shaped like “Flagg” beans) flat bearing tiny white flecks. These later dried to black. Pods were smooth & easy to shell. A very interesting bean and heavy producer.   N/A
  73. Navy White BushBack again for 2013! One of my all-time first and favorite little chubby white shell beans to grow since I was 6 years old! Great for “pork & beans”. Small plants bear tons of slender pods, just filled from end to end with beans. Early, prolific and super easy to shell. A must have for grand-kids, as they can simply “stomp” on them and they will fly in all directions. Then the hunt is on…to find all of the “escapees!” One word of advice: harvest these early when dried or they will…shatter all over! 75 days    N/A
  74. Neckar Konigin Pole – (aka Neckar Queen) New for 2013! Possibly originated from an area within the Neckar Valley through which runs the famous Neckar River, a major tributary of the great Rhine….located in S.W. part of Germany. This area is famous for several historical castles like the Hornberg & Guttenberg castle! And what a Queen this variety is! My seed was given to me on May 30th, 2011, from our local dentist, Dr Chris Kiasyk, in our fair town of Beausejour, Manitoba. He was quite excited about the virtues of this bean. And so while I quietly listened that day, it wasn’t until I grew it out did I realize what he was talking about. I planted only 14 of his seeds. That fall I had a pound of dry seeds (beside those fresh green pods that we had eaten!) Those pods grew > 12” long and ½” round, bearing no less than 10 + seeds each! That’s Manitoba grown! The white seeds are also quite large, like “Cannellini” bean varieties. Pods were somewhat wrinkled, yet easy to shell. Plants went crazy, growing to 8 feet, up and down my posts and wire, where in some cases, I could not find the posts! Production was the highest I have ever seen on a pole variety. Pods started forming earlier than all others and continued all season long. 72 days   Available!
  75. Nez Perce Bush - found growing in Northern Idaho in the 1930′s, possibly obtained from the Nez Perce Indians. Plants offer fast maturing pods of dry bush beans that are a pretty yellow/tan/brown. 5-6 seeds per pod. Great in short growing areas. 60 days   N/A
  76. Old Homestead Pole Bean – (aka “Kentucky Wonder Pole“) First recorded in 1864 in “The Country Gentleman” mag. under the name “Texas Pole“. Later in 1877, James J.H. Gregory & Sons intro. it under its present name “Kentucky Wonder Pole“…which has stuck to it ever since. An aggressive pole bean producing 6-8″ green stringless pods, which when steamed have a distinctive pleasing nutty flavor. Peter Henderson claimed “This we regard as far ahead of any other green pole bean” in his catalog. Brown seeds. 55 days    N/A
  77. Oma’s Speckled Blk./Brn./Beige Bush – A real heirloom from my Oma’s garden who brought them with her from Poland in the early 50’s. Has performed great for me with no end in production, producing longer than most other beans I have trialed. Can be used as fresh green pods. These dried beans have an uncanny resemblance to “Topcrop” released by Victory Seeds in 1950! Seeds appear slightly shorter than “Blue Jay”, but yet have the same black base, splashed with tan and cream. Some pods were found to have a smooth shell, yet others had “hard to open” wrinkled shells. I have separated these in the hopes of eventually eliminating the wrinkled ones. Both versions offered heavy crops, with 5 to 6 seeds in each pod.
  78. Orca Bush- New for 2012! Original seed maybe from Mexico. (Any leads folks?) In my humble opinion, these are definitely not the same as its kissing cousin “Calypso” or “Yin Yang” ! Therefore will be maintain separately. Black and white seeds are slightly smaller and more oblong and flattish. (see Photo Album for both varieties) Patterns are super varied, without any defining black or white lines, combined with tons of splashes and dots. Plants are very productive and bushy. Pods bear 4 to 5 seeds per.
  79. Painted Pony Bush – A great dual purpose, distinctive N.A. original. Long thin pods are stringless. Great fresh for snap beans and even better for soups after drying…as they retain their pretty markings. Seeds are half light brown and half white, with the “border” between the 2 colors quite “feathered”…one into the other. Plants are very productive. 60-80 days.
  80. Pepa da Zapallo Bush – (aka “Tiger Eye”) originated from Chili or Argentina. Gorgeous large flattened “kidney shaped” seed that bear an ochre color with maroon swirls. Some seed is solid maroon with gold specks. Super stunning! Rich and creamy texture. A shell bean…great in re-fried beans or chili! Plants are very upright offering high yields. Pods are very easy to shell. No disease problems noted. 80 days
  81. Pigeon Pea Bean New for 2013! (aka “Gandula Bean”, aka “Congo Pea” ) Dates back at least 3500 years. Originates from Eastern part of India. From India, to East Africa & West Africa, crossing paths eventually with Europeans. The slave trade it would seem brought it back to N. A. (Wikipedia – the Free Encyclopedia) Now don’t tell me, you won’t try this one! (…see Photo Album) Can be grown as a perennial and will form a small bushy tree, lasting from 3 to 5 years. Or grow as an annual as pod production will drop off in later years. Very drought resistant. A healthy vegetable powerhouse! Best used in dry form and cooked. Offers a rich nutty flavor. Do not overcook as it will turn too mushy.
  82. Polish Pea – New! Here is a wee soup bean, very similar to my other Navy White variety, only smaller. 1/2 Runner.   N/A
  83. Potato Bean – I just love this variety! It is without a doubt, the largest, chubbiest, coolest white bean in my collection! Green pods are 4 to 5” long and about 1” wide. Seeds are sooo shiny, oval and smooth, becoming mealy (creamy) when cooked. A trait favored by great chefs to make delicious soups and sauces. Dried pods will have from 2 to 4 seeds in each.   N/A
  84. Potato Fordhock #242 Lima New for 2013! I obtained these from my friend Micki in Kansas and have found them to perform ever bit as good, if not better than most other Limas, that I have trialed here in Manitoba.
  85. Provence Bush New for 2013! Have heard these originated in Africa, but are now grown in the U.S. Renamed the “Provence Bean” after the lavender fields of southern France. (I have a soft spot for unusual multi-toned and colorful beans…) Great in soups and side dishes because of their beautiful color, which is said to stay a while after cooking! Flavor is mild and texture is slightly firm. Pods are beautifully streaked in deep rose on cream. I have a sneaky suspicion these might be the same as “Mrocumiere” that I am offering above. Coloration is almost identical…but for now until garden trials next year, I will leave well enough alone.
  86. Provider Green Snap Bush – Records say first introduced in South Carolina in 1965. This one will soon become one of your most reliable favorites. Its name says it all! “No-Holds-Bar” to weather, come rain, come shine. Tolerates cool soils and is resistant to many bean ills. This beautiful deep multi-toned slender violet/purple bean seed has a rich “beany” flavor when dry. Also snaps easily when fresh green. 6″ pods are all very even in length. Easy to grow when all else fails. 50 days
  87. Purple Fava OP- New for 2012! (aka Negreta) Strikingly beautiful seed…with deep burgundy/black/purple hues and tones. Makes excellent fine fresh shelling beans. It is unusual for a Fava to finish quite this early and this variety is an early one at 70 days. Pods are huge…6-8″ long with as many as 5 brite green beans within. Plants grow to 3 feet tall. Flower tops could be considered a great asset in salads!    Available!
  88. Purple Podded Pole – Heirloom from the Ozark gardens of Henry Fields in 1930. Plants (in 2012) climbed to 10 ft! Tried to attack the tomatoes growing nearby! My heaviest producer this season, right till freeze up. The deep luminescent long slim purple pods are meaty & stringless, and when steamed, turn from their gorgeous color to green! Dried smooth pods remain dusky purple and offer at least 10 seeds per. Seeds are cream beige, flattish, with occasional tones of pink or mauve showing. Nice! 78 days.
  89. Purple Queen Snap Bush – (aka Reine des Purpres) Said to come from Freme de Saint-Marthe, a small organic seed company in France. A French “mangetout”(eat-all) snap type. Old standard heritage bush variety popping out loads of easy to find and pick glossy, semi round, semi flat, gorgeous purple from 6” to 7” long pods on upright 15” to 20” plants! Flowers are a deep violet/purple. Beans have a tender texture and delicious taste. Buff colored slender seeds.   N/A
  90. Purple Royalty BushNew for 2013! Another wonderful purple podded (fresh) bean variety. A rich superior flavor to most green beans when steamed or stir-fried. Has a reputation of germinating better in cold soils better than most others. Seeds are larger and bulkier than other purple bush varieties…bearing a typical tan/beige base with dusty grey/mauve lines and shading. Early
  91. Purple Tee Pee Bush – A variety of outstanding quality with heavy yields. It is a neat freak…holding its pods slightly above the leaves! Round slim purple pods that unfortunately turn green when cooked. A mid-season producer. Seeds are quite small, slim & elongated with tan/beige base and dusty grey lines and markings.   N/A
  92. Red Peanut Bush- It is called the Peanut for a reason, because it looks exactly like small Spanish peanuts! Wow! What a fantastic little bean! What it lacks in size…it makes up for in production. I had so many pods (the pods are a pretty red before they start to dry…) per plant and there were so many beans in each slim pod that I was amazed! The only challenge were the pods, which I recall were quite wrinkly and you know what that means. (Maybe this is one for the kid’s feet stomping games!?) Germination exceeds expectations in almost any weather condition. 80 days dry   N/A
  93. Remus Green slicer – History unknown.According to Jim Ternier, he likes the “holding pod high” form of this green slicing variety. This is always a bonus in the event of heavier than usual summer rains. Production is great and it will come in mid-season and produce for most of the summer, if kept well feed!    2 pkts. left…
  94. Rocdor Yellow slicer – (? dev. in Williamette Valley?) There appear to be 2 varieties under this name. (Both totally opposite of each other!) This one offers up very productive plants. Glossy yellow pods are slightly waxy, with superior texture, flavor & meaty with no watery after taste! Pods will grow to 6″ long, slender and straight. Blooms are whitish pink. Smaller plants are bushy, holding their pods well up. Black seeded var. Easy to pick. Early 55-70 days
  95. Royal Burgundy Bush - Dark purple/burgundy pencil-shaped pods are slightly curved, smooth, 6″-7″ long and are produced with much abandonment! Tall 18-24″ plants can handle cool weather as well. A snap bean variety. Seeds are buff/brown/buckskin. Will turn green when steamed or cooked. 55 days
  96. Ruckle White Bush – here is a beautiful smooth, translucent white large kidney bean variety. Their mild sweet flavor is great for soups and baking. A great color accent in salads as well.   N/A
  97. Sadie’s Horse Bean Pole – A wonderful unusual runner bean, so unique that no one could possibly resist it! Having grown it for the last 2 years, I love the color mixes, as found no where else. As was told to me…been growing in the same family for over 100 years. This var. offers a collection of colors: mottled & striped cream on brown, mottled & striped lavender and dark violet, pure white, 2 toned purple and violet, mottled & striped brown on cream, pink on purple striped & splashed and a few others thrown in! The flowers also vary on the growing plants from white to scarlet and all colors in between. The pods and the seeds are huge! When I shell these out dry, I feel like I am in a candy store opening a cool present for the first time! Vigorous and productive. Seed early…100 days    Available!
  98. Scarlet Runner Pole – Another old reliable that has been dancing in gardens for longer than I can remember. Used by the Native Indians of N. A. Vines are vigorous…growing to 10 ft. Flrs. are scarlet. Fresh green pods and fresh green beans are very tasty when steamed. Dried seeds are also huge…traditional purple, lavender and black. 80 days   $2.00
  99. Snowcap Pole – (aka ? Porcelain) When I saw this one for the first time, I was in heaven. Large seeds are “kidney-shaped”…yet plumper. Someone painted them half pure white and half tan/gold with tiny brick red specks and stripes in it. The plants were very vigorous and productive, but did not attain the height everyone is crowing about! The dried 6-7″ pods are easy to shell. Color stays when cooked. 80 days
  100. Soldier – (aka Johnson Bean) Very popular in the US as a delicious soup and baking bean. Plants are very productive. The long large pods offer tons of beans within (6 seeds at least) and are easy to shell. Seeds are the traditional large white kidney with a brown “soldier” mark at the hilum. This pattern will stay put in cooking. A New England heirloom and favorite. Another of my original favorites. Very reliable even in drought! 85 days dry.  N/A
  101. Spanish Tolosna Bush New for 2013! (aka Tolosana Bean, aka The Prince) A very rare unknown bush variety in N.A. and currently not preserved in any seed banks. In a small mountain town of Tolosa, Spain, 30 minutes from San Sebastian, a ? 3 day Bean Festival takes place on the third weekend of November. A group calling themselves the “Brotherhood of Beans” produce massive vats of a Tolosa bean variety & distributes them proudly through the town. The event includes cooking competitions, prize bean auctions, street performances and concerts. Does our variety come from this region? Some say, early Spanish missionaries carried this one around with them on their long journeys…travelling from the Old World to the New. A kidney bean with creamy texture, yet holding their shape once cooked. Dried seeds are very beautiful…offering heavy splashes & swirls of deep red/burgundy mixed with pinkish/beige. Suggested great in seafood dishes.   N/A
  102. Speckled Bay (Algonquin) Bush – obtained from friend Ruth M. She tells me she received them from Paul Neufeld of Vancouver, B.C. Plants are compact and very productive for a horticultural bean. Seeds are light cream/beige/pink with maroon spots and stripes. Some seeds are maroon with cream spots. Best saved for & eaten in winter. 85 days   N/A
  103. Sunset Runner PoleNew for 2013! Finally! I have added another very pretty variety of this family. Could not resist the gorgeous pastel pinkish/salmon (my favorite color…) flowers of this one. Very strong tall vines produce a terrific load of pods for freezing and fresh eating. Can be used as an ornamental as well in your unique flower garden. 78 days
  104. Steeves’ Caseknife Pole New for 2013! According to Tanya of H. H. Seeds “…she obtained seeds from Jan Steeves-Cuvelier. Variety originated in Albert County, New Brunswick. Was grown by the Steeves family for 3 generations. More info. available…” An extremely rare and delicious bean, according to all who have tried them. 100 days $3.00…N/A
  105. Straight & Narrow – New for 2012! A gourmet slender and fine textured green bean variety. Growers find it slow to ripen (to produce seeds within…) Yet once visible, ready for drying in less than 60 days. A long season producer and excellent for French filet recipes and freezing. Seeds are small, slender and white…like white rice. 53 days   N/A
  106. Stringless Green Pod Bush – Seeds are brown. A standard for the freezing and canning gardener for over 60 years. Plants hold green, round & slender pods high naturally. Production is outstanding and over a long period of time if kept picked off. Edible pods at 50-54 days. 89 days for dry.
  107. Tanya Pink Snap Pod – New for 2012! According to those in the “know”…Salt Spring Seeds (Dan Jason) developed and stabilized this one from a sport of “Sequoia” in 1999. Large flat pods are pink and will reach 6″ in length. This variety offers an excellent snap bean, bearing 5 to 6 seeds per. Highly productive, despite weather adversity.   N/A
  108. Tavera Green slicer – a green fillet bean, not as old as the other beans in our collection. Like it for its very slender (4″-5″) green pods which should be picked every 2 days. Not rec. for freezing or canning as the grain is too fine textured. Best as a stir-fry and thrown in salads. 53 days
  109. Tepary Beans – desert bean variety from the American southwest. Drought tolerant and likes cool summers. Plants sprawl, producing short slim pods and small leaves. A smaller bean variety than regular beans, yet more prolific.    N/A
  110. (Theresa’s) Pink Portugal Kidney Bush New for 2013! I received this one from my friend Theresa Monez while still working with her in 1998. She said it was brought over from Portugal many years previously, via her family. For many years, it sat in a wee glass jar on a shelf in my cold storage room. Last year I decided to sow some out. Imagine my surprise (…believing that all kidney beans were either deep red or white ) that here was one that started out light pink AND stayed that way! (Where have I been?) And now that I have researched further…there are many versions of “light red kidney” out there. I just never noticed just how pretty they were. It is gorgeous! In the land of BEANS, pink is not a common color.   N/A
  111. Thibodeau Du Comte Beauce BushNew for 2013! Said to be a Quebec heirloom variety. A beautiful “horticultural” looking type that appears to be on steroids! (…see Photo Album) Healthy plants offer long, straight, smooth, easy to shell dryable pods all at once by season’s end. Flowers are deep rose pink. Seeds are “kidney like” in shape, bearing a light tan/beige base with large splashes and spots of the deepest brown/burgundy. Matures fairly early.
  112. Tongue of Fire Bush – (aka “Tierra del Fuego“, aka “Horto“) Have been told these were originally coll. from the native Indians of South America, in Tierra del Fuego. The young 6-7″ beige/maroon-streaked long pods & green beans can be eaten fresh just like Lima or whole as snap pods. The pretty colored dry beans are excellent for winter eating. Superior flavor & texture. Great frozen, steamed, cooked or canned. Heavy yields always. 75 days   N/A
  113. True Red Cranberry Pole – New for 2013! (aka Cranberry Red) “Records indicate it was in existence before 1690. Used by the Abnaki Indians and local woodmen who resided in the N E region of the U.S. This area later became part of the State of Maine. A gentleman, by the name of John Withee, after 11 years of searching, discovered it in the hands of a Mr. Taylor who had a farm in Steep Falls, Maine. It was said, he later offered some of this seed to the S.S.Ex. in 1981. Wow! My new favorite! Huge, huge gorgeous, perfectly round, deep maroon red “cranberry sized” beans. Plants are stocky, 6 ft. usually. Can handle cooler and shorter growing seasons better than most pole bean varieties. Pink flowers are gorgeous, offering up 5” pods, bearing 7 to 8 seeds and usually harvested at “shelly” stage or left to dry. Excellent flavor! 95 days.   N/A
  114. Turkey Craw Pole – heirloom from Virginia, North Carolina & Tennessee. Original seeds said to have been found in a wild’s Turkey’s craw! (How true this is, is up to you…) Pods are stringless and over 6” long. Seeds are extremely attractive, multi-colored flecks of tan, brown and rose on beige cream background, corresponding with brown “eye” rings. Use as a snap or dry bean. Excellent canned or frozen. Originally from Wanigan Associate Collection, organized by the late John Withee. 80-100 days   N/A
  115. Ukrainian Comrades Snap Bush – Original seed was said to be obtained from Peace Corp volunteers in Yalta Ukraine. Don’t know when or why these were put together. Have grown these out for some time and am finding that the black type is a faster, larger heavier producer than the orange “Comrade”. The black seeded also offers green pods (smooth when dry) while the orange seeded offer slim yellow pods, which are wrinkled & harder to shell when dry! When I questioned my source, about this partnership…she simply said “That’s why they are called Commrades! She continues to grow them as she received them” There have been wild reports that both colors can be seen in single pods, but I will digress from this notion, as both varieties are very distinctive, one from another. They might never cross! I would venture to say, that if push comes to shove…these 2 might just need each other, in ways we will never know! Definitely a multi-purpose combination…useful for fresh eating & later for dry winter beans.   Available!
  116. Venture Green Slicer Bush – Most folk claim this one as their earliest green bean variety for a few years. Seem to be very reliable, no matter the weather. It is a Blue Lake type with long slim pods, excellent for freezing and canning due to extra texture. Plants have no problem producing enough for fresh eating and for later use. 55-60 days   Limited…
  117. Vermont Cranberry Bush – Old time Northern New England bean, known well before 1876. A very reliable and highly productive type. Pods are beautifully straight when dried and very easy to shell out. The pods are found to be bursting full with seeds. Dried beans have an excellent sweet flavor and are relished when cooked tender and tossed in salads or baked with. They are also very pretty…dusty pink with maroon/rose blotches and swirls and more oval/long. 78-90 days
  118. White Horticultural Bush – obtained this one from Jim T. in Sask., who has been growing it a long time. Pods are about 7″, streaked with purple, bearing almost round pure white seeds when dried. They look like over-stuffed “Navy White” beans! Behaves more like a semi-runner type. Will produce until killing frost.   N/A
  119. White Kidney – New…available
  120. Yellow Round-pod Kidney Bush – (aka Brittle Wax) Here are our everyday very useful tender, fleshy, slightly curved podded, creamy yellow, snap beans of olden times. Seeds are white with a chubby soldier like figure of brown/black around the hilum.    N/A
  121. Mystery SeriesNew for 2013! I have 4 varieties of beans that do not conform to any listed above…one packet each is available. They are: 1) Amber/Yellow pole, 2) Dark Grey oval bush, 3) Plum/Grey oval bush, 4) Deep Burgundy/black oval bush.   N/A