This last summer we "grew out" several types of heirloom dry beans. These are all beans with a reputation for tastiness, but which aren't grown by industrial agriculture and so are in danger of being lost.
This year we started with just a few (6 or 8) seeds of these varieties. In each case those few seeds became enough to pass on to others at a seed swap, or to grow for a community meal in 2016.
Here are some of our recovered orphans:
Kwintus--a Romano-type pole bean, resembling other varieties we have grown recently like Hulda
Peregion--the only native northwest bean, very small and early. They are a low bush bean, very prolific. (Hey, this is the climate they are adapted to thrive in!)
On the plate of dry beans, Peregion beans are at 1:00, Monachine at 3:00, Judiones (from a previous blog) at 6:00, Goosebeans at 7:00 and Cranberry at 11:00.
Cranberry or Tongue of Flame--about the size of pinto beans, but richer in flavor and prettier while growing. They are also a bush bean which we tucked into corners of the Keyhole.
Goosebeans--resemble Cranberry, but are larger and grow on long trellised vines.
Monachine--a legendary Italian bean which was treasured by a local wine-growing family and only recently shared with the outside world.
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