Bean Seeds

Useful gardening information

Dry Field Beans

Dry edible beans, or field beans, come in a wide variety of market classes, including kidney bean, navy bean, pinto bean, and black bean. These beans, although differing in the size and coloring of the seed, are all just different types of a single species, Phaseolus vulgaris L. Originally domesticated in Central and South America over 7000 years ago, dry beans moved their way northward through Mexico and spread across most of the continental U.S. These beans were commonly grown with corn, and sometimes squash. Now, instead of the Native American practice of dry beans and squash planted right among corn plants, a different bean, soybean from China, has found its place with corn.

Dry beans are the same species as green beans (snap beans) commonly grown in gardens. If you've seen green beans growing, you have a good idea what dry beans look like, with the difference being that dry bean varieties have higher seed yields. Some dry bean varieties are viney like garden bean varieties, while others are more of an erect, bushy plant, like soybeans. Dry beans do not grow as vigorously as soybeans, usually reaching only about 18 to 24 inches in height. Pods, each containing 2 to 4 seeds, are borne upon the length of the stem. Dry beans average about 22% protein in the seed. The amino acid profile of dry beans complements that of corn and other cereal grains, which is why the corn-bean diet was so standard through the Americas. The various market classes of dry beans are sold in a variety of forms. Great Northerns, navy beans, or mixes of beans, are the most likely to be sold as whole seeds in unprocessed form. Navy beans and kidney beans are both found in canned form, with kidney beans also common in chill mixes. Pinto beans and black beans are both made into refried beans, among other uses. Red beans are used for baked beans. Dry beans which do not meet quality standards for food use are typically sold for livestock feed. Like soybeans, dry beans have a trypsin inhibitor which prevents protein digestion in non-ruminant animals, including humans. Heat, applied during processing or home cooking, is needed to break down the trypsin inhibitor and make the beans fully digestible.

Growing Bush Beans

No garden is complete without bush beans. There are many varieties of bush beans to choose from and every gardener is sure to find one to suit their tastes. Bush beans do well in almost any garden as they are not too fussy about soil.
To ensure the best flavor, bush beans should be picked while still slender and no inner bean is well developed. For fresh bush beans all summer, plant every two weeks and pick frequently.
Direct seed bush beans after risk of frost when soil warms to 18-24°C (65-75°F). Sow bush beans 1" deep and 2" apart in rows 18" (bush beans) to 24" apart (shell beans). Reseed until mid summer for a constant supply all season long. If using untreated bush beans seed, plant thicker and thin to desired density.

Try companion planting with bush beans. Bush beans are excellent grown with most vegetables except the onion family, basil, fennel, kohlrabi.
Most bush bean types require a full sun location, soil pH of 6.5-7.5, and well drained soil. Good air circulation around bush bean plants is essential, especially for late shelling or dry type beans, as they are very susceptible to fungal diseases which prevail later in the season. Bush beans are light feeders; compost or well rotted manures worked into the soil at the time of planting is sufficient.

Harvest once the bush beans are smooth, firm and crisp. Keep bush beans constantly picked to ensure a fresh supply. Bean formation in the pod is a sure sign of over-maturity. Dry and Shell Beans: Harvest when the bush beans pods are completely dry and brittle. Cut or pull pods from bush bean plants and shell the beans. Store beans in an air tight container in a cool dry spot. For fresh eating of horticultural or shell beans, harvest when bean formation starts to take place within the pod.

Growing Pole Beans

Most of the gardening techniques that work with bush beans also work for pole beans. The two types require slightly different care at planting time to ensure their best growth. Pole beans offer great use of vertical space since they climb up poles, trellises or homemade tepees. They also have a longer growing season and are more tolerant of hot temperatures than bush beans, which mean they will yield two to three times more than bush beans from the same amount of space.

Because pole beans quickly grow into large, heavy plants, you should install your trellis at the same time as you plant and sow the seeds.

To start the pole bean seeds, use your finger to push the seeds about 1 inch into the soil. I sowed five to six seeds around each pole 6 to 8 inches away from the base. This is more seed than you'll need for each pole but it allows you to come back after the seeds have germinated to thin out the weaker plants. Use your hands to cover the seeds with an inch of soil and lightly tamp the soil. Finally, lightly mist the dry soil with a garden hose.
As vegetable plants grow from seeds to seedlings, water requirements will change. Beans require little care except regular weeding and watering if the weather is dry. Bean plants need about an inch of water per week. The beans should be watered in the morning so the foliage is dry before dark.
Bush beans will mature in 50 to 60 days; pole beans in 60 to 90 days. Beans are light feeders and do not need extra fertilizing as long as you plant in an enriched soil. You should fertilize young bean plants with an organic fertilizer, such as fish emulsion, every two weeks for the first six weeks, then once every three to four weeks.

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Bush Beans

TST110 Bean Soup Blend ( Excellent for container growing )
Grow your own delicious bean soup.
This easy to grow "Bean Soup" seed blend is equal blends of Vermont Cranberry Shell, Blackeye #5, Light Red Kidney, Dark Red Kidney, Pinto and Navy bean seeds. This combination creates a rich and creamy bean soup that is a delight to eat! 50 days.
  18g pack ( about 50-55 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST056 Mascotte ( Excellent for container growing )
AAS, Perfect for patio pot or window box, compact 16" plant, steady yield of 6" stringless slim green beans, 50 days.
  10g pack ( about 90-100 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST064 Thorogreen Bush Lima
This heirloom dwarf plant is a big yielder! Early Thorogreen Bush Lima Bean produces a 3 inch, flat, thin lima bean that lacks the meaty texture of bigger lima bean varieties. Considered a baby lima bean as it grows on low maintenance, 18" bush plants. Highly suitable to Northern states, Early Thorogreen Bush Lima Bean is a delicious choice for soups and casseroles. 67 days.
  17g pack ( about 50 seeds per pack ) $2.95
VUD009 Dixie Speckled Butterpea
76 days. Very productive. Beans are about the size of peas; red-speckled with a deep purple-rust color, and grow well in hot weather. A delicious baby lima. Bush plants.
Available only in Treated Seed.
 18g pack ( about 70 seeds ) $2.25
TST065 Great Northern Bush Bean
Medium-sized, white, flat and kidney-shaped, Great Northern Beans date back to 1907. Will take on flavors of other foods with which they are cooked. 2' determinate bush plants produce straight, 5" pods with 5-6 white beans each. Harvest after the pods dry and store Great Northern long term. 90 days.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  20g pack ( about 70 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST119 Royalty Purple Pod
Snap Bush type, Purple pod, flowers, and leaves, tolerates cold wet soil, 55 days.
  12g pack ( about 40 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST025 Jumbo
Giant, Italian-style green beans.
A cross between Romano and Kentucky Wonder, Jumbo has dark green, extra-long pods with rich, bean flavor. While the beans are normally picked at 6-7", they are still stringless at over 10". Seeds are light brown with dark brown stripes. NOTE: In very fertile soil, plants may grow short vines (runners), but need no support.
Note: Jumbo beans have a higher count of "hard" seeds than normal beans. Hard seeds germinate at a slower rate than the rest of the beans, this is just the nature of these beans. Normal quick germination is about 72 percent, with 13 percent of hard beans germinating later.
85 days.
  10g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST090 Ireland Creek Annie Bush Bean
An old English heirloom variety brought to Canada in the 1920's, they are said to be named after the Ireland Creek Farm in BC where they've been grown since the 30's.
Cool season tolerant and very early maturing, they bear long pods on heavily laden bush plants. A prolific producer of buff yellow to mustard colored beans that cook down to a deliciously rich, creamy texture.
Excellent for soups, sauces, and spreads. Dry beans this reliable in northern maritime climates are worth their weight in gold. 80 days.
  21g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST055 Tiger Eye ( Dry Shell Bean )
Handsome, ocher-colored beans have a maroon swirl for the look of a cat's eye. The buttery-smooth texture and rich, hearty flavor lend a tender, melt-in-the-mouth appeal. We love these beans as a creamy soup, refried, or in a bean casserole. Prolific plants reach 36 inches tall. 80-90 days.
  18g pack ( about 40 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST039 Yin Yang
Harvest young for tender beans or leave the pods to dry on the plant for hard-shelled (storing) beans. This hard-shelled variety loses its black-and-white pattern during cooking, so be sure to store some in a glass jar for display!
This charming heirloom variety looks for all the world like a yin yang pattern, right down to the spot of opposite color on each side, for balance! A hard-shelled variety that also may be harvested young for tender (soft-shell) use, Yin Yang is an American favorite just waiting to be rediscovered. 100 days.
  22g pack ( about 50 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST057 Bingo ( Dry Shell Bean )
A classic in Italian cuisine, Bingo is a highly sought after Borlotto-type pole bean. Big, creamy green pods are streaked in bright pinkish red, growing 5 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. The dried bean flaunts the same cream color with red streaks and a hearty, delicious flavor. Tastes amazing in soups or traditional Italian recipes such as Pasta e Fagioli. Quite productive plants are 6-8 feet tall and easy to harvest. 80-90 days.
  18g pack ( about 30-35 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST072 Sweet Tohya Soybean
Really large beans that are early with delicious, buttery flavor and tender-firm texture.
Plump, pale green pods avg. three seeds per pod. Eating quality is as good as Butterbeans. Compact plants avg. 2' and have a concentrated set which allows for easy harvest. White pubescence.78 days.
  10g pack ( about 30 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST063 Resistant Cherokee Snap Bean
'Resistant Cherokee' is as the name implies, a mosaic resistant strain of 'Cherokee' wax bean. The plants are vigorous and productive with pods that are five to six inches in length, pale yellowish-green in color, and with deep black seeds. It is an excellent early variety for home or market growers.
'Resistant Cherokee' was the result of a stabilized cross between 'Cherokee' and 'B2008' bred and introduced by the Asgrow Seed Company of New Haven, Connecticut in 1959. 52 days.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  20g pack ( about 70 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST035 Maxibel Filet
59 days. This is the elegant bean you see in European-style restaurants. Most filets available from seed are miniatures, but Maxibel is a full-sized, 7 to 7 1/2-inch pod with all the "gourmet" flavor you expect! As easy to grow as other snaps, Maxibel arises on tall, erect plants that harvest easily. The beans are stringless and very slender, with a dark green color, straight form, and mouth-watering tender flavor. The first full-size stringless filet bean is also the best!
  12.5g pack ( about 50-60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST058 Gold Mine Bush
High yielding and adaptable. Gold Mine's slim, 5-5 1/2" fancy pods are borne on medium-sized plants. High resistance to bean mosaic virus; and intermediate resistance to halo blight. White seeds. Bush type, 52 days.
  12g pack ( about 50-60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST059 Pension Bush
Flat Italian beans with full, rich flavor. Medium, flat green pods average 6" long. Plants are a bit floppy (typical of Italian types), but hold themselves up. Can also be eaten as a shell bean when pods are full and tender. Good heat tolerance and virus resistance. White seeds. Bush type, 53 days.
  22g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
Long, slender, stringless pods 6-7 inches long. Excellent fresh eating or frozen.

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TST047 Adzuki Beans
This is also known as the Chinese Red Bean, is an Asian specialty bean with a flavor that is rich, nutty and sweet. It is very popular for sprouting, but young green beans can be prepared like French filet beans, and the dry beans can be cooked like other dry beans.
In Japan it is popular in deserts and festival rice as it will tint the rice pink.
It is highly nutritious and very digestible. It has a relatively fast cooking time compared to other beans and doesn't require extensive soaking prior. Packed with nutrients, beans are rich in folates, Vitamins B and A, and minerals such as iron, copper, manganese, calcium, and magnesium. Bush habit, 70 days.
  12g pack ( over 100 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST045 Royal Burgundy
The brilliant purple, 5" pods are eye-catching at market, easy to spot when harvesting, and add stunning color to salads when used raw. The pods do turn green when cooked.
Upright plants are dark green with a purple tinge. Buff-colored seeds. Organically grown. 55 days.
  12g pack ( about 40 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST046 Vermont Cranberry
Very large beans for soups and baking.
Long pods average 6", bright red-mottled pods are borne on large, upright plants. The shelled beans are oval, medium-sized, plump, red and pink streaked.
This old-time Northern New England variety can also be grown for shell beans. Mild flavor. 75 shell, 98 dry.
  12g pack ( about 30-35 seeds per pack ) $2.95
Henderson Lima
Tops for processing! Henderson is a buttery baby lima with smooth texture and delicate flavor.

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VUD022 Blue Lake 274
White seeded version of climbing Blue lake. Seed pods 5-6" long. Delicious flavor, one of our favorite garden beans.
  $1.95 per 1.25 ounce pack ( enough to plant about 12-15 ft. of row )
VUD017 Bountiful
Pale green pods are 6-7 inches long and slightly flattened. Used fresh, or for freezing and canning. They have a long shelf life, and plants are hardy and cold resistant.
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TST012 E-Z Pick
Easiest for hand harvest.
Beans mature at the same time and are easy to separate from stems, making them exceptionally easy to hand harvest. E-Z Pick grows on sturdy, upright plants which saves time when picking. With 5 1/2 -6" long beans and dark green color, this is one of our best tasting bush beans, fresh or frozen. White seeds. 55 days.
  12g pack ( about 45 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST014 Velour Filet
First purple filet bean.
"Extra-fine" grade beans are short, 4-5" long, with straight, slender, bright purple pods. Turns green upon cooking. Medium-sized upright plants yield well. Small beige seeds. 51 days.
Filet beans are intended to be picked very slender, 1/8- 1/4" in diameter. A continuous yield of "extra fine" ( 1/4" diam.) grade is maintained by picking every 36-48 hours. Three days in hot weather or five days in cool weather is about the maximum delay between harvests to ensure an absence of over-sized, tough beans. Otherwise grow just like ordinary bush beans. Not recommended for freezing or canning.
  12g pack ( about 75 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST006 Marvel of Piedmont
Marvel of Piedmont is a very productive and flavorful snap bean. The pale yellow pods are streaked with purple, turning solid yellow when cooked. The Pods are fairly flat, approx 4-6 inches long and slightly curved. An attractive and delightful addition to any market or kitchen table. 60 days.
  20g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TPF218 Borlotto Lingua Di Fuoco
Bush version of the Italian bean much in demand and prized for its 'Tongue of Fire' red pods up to 8 in/20 cm long. Don't let the name fool you--it refers to the coloring and obviously not to the wonderful creamy flavor. These beans are white with red specks and great in soups. Known to also be eaten like fresh green beans before they ripen, an abundant producer. Amazing flavor. 55 days.
  20g pack ( about 30 seeds per pack ) $2.25
AW38 Sonate
This is a wonderful green/filet bean of Dutch origin and not common to the US. A heavy, early producer of long, rich green stringless pods with great flavor, Sonate is also disease resistant. The beans are set high on the plant, aiding harvest. A great choice for home or pro gardener, sourced from top breeders in the Netherlands. Treated seed. 63 days.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  10g pack ( about 65 seeds per pack ) $2.95
VUD014 Cherokee Wax
A heavy producer of 6 inch long, completely stringless golden yellow pods with delicious flavor. Bears in 48 days.
  $2.15 per 40g pack
TST042 Jade
Jade's 6-7", slender, deep green pods are exceptionally tender and delicious. Large, upright plants keep beans clean and straight. Heat tolerant and high yielding even when stressed by heat or cold.
Intermediate resistance to curly top beet mosaic virus, rust and bacterial brown spot. Pale green seeds. 80 days.
  10g pack ( about 35-40 seeds per pack ) $2.95
VUD015 Pencil Pod Black Wax
The best round-podded wax bean. Pods are 6-7 inches long, round and straight as a pencil. Beans are shiny black. Plants are disease resistant and prolific producers.
  $2.15 per 1.25 ounce pack.

Pole Beans

Kentucky Wonder Homestead Pole Bean
Old heirloom variety. 65 days. Noted for exceptional flavor. Heavy crops of 9" green pods, borne in clusters. Pods are oval, thick, gently curved, meaty and tender. Stringless when young. Delicious fresh, frozen or dried for shell beans. Brown seeded. Proven tops for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability. Sun.Note: The price of this item has been slashed to Ninety Five cents per pack! To order this and fifty other vegetable seed selections for only 95 cents per pack, please visit our GoodCentsVegetables Seed List.
TST071 Turkey Craw Pole Bean
Often used as a cornfield bean. Excellent fresh flavor. Good canned. Similar to other beans for freezing and drying quality. Pods grow 3-4 inches long and cling to the vines. Seeds are buff, frosted with brown on one end.
The original seed from this historic bean variety is said to have been found in the craw of a wild turkey. It has been grown widely in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
  20g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST109 Genuine Cornfield Pole Bean
Possibly of pre-Columbian origin, one of the oldest beans cultivated by the Iroquois who used it as a corn soup bean and bread bean. In the Cayuga Iroquois dialect its name means 'wampum bean.'
Shade tolerant, an old favorite for growing with corn. Straight 5 to 7 inch pods, gray-brown seeds with brown mottles and stripes. Best harvested before seeds fill the pods. Use for snap or green shell. Produces very well during high heat.
A valuable variety for keeping the nitrogen in your corn patch. 83 days.
  22.5g pack ( about 110 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST079 Missouri Wonder Pole Bean
Farmers of the 1930s first began growing Missouri Wonder for its resilience in harsh conditions. They usually grew this bean alongside corn, since the corn stalks provided a handy support for the vines. Housewives preferred this bean for its versatility both as a snap bean and a dry soup bean.
  20g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST078 Mountaineer White Half Runner Pole Bean
Also known as Old Dutch Half Runner, this bean was brought to the Dutch Fork Section of South Carolina by early immigrants.
This is a tender half runner bean with succulent white seeds. It boasts terrific yields of old-fashioned, rich flavored beans that taste and smell terrific.
Grows 3 to 4 feet tall, does not have to be trained as other pole beans, but doing so will make picking easier. Pick early for tender, slender pods. When only 4 to 4.5 inches long. Let some of beans mature to the drying stage as they have terrific depth of flavor and are excellent for baking, soups and any other use.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  12g pack ( about 50 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST074 Blue Lake Pole
A pole version of the famous Blue Lake Bush Bean. This excellent and productive bean is stringless at all stages. The vines only grow 5-6' tall. The pods are round, smooth and dark green.
Use the pods fresh, frozen or canned. The white seeds are delicious as baked beans and in soup. BMV resistant. 63 days
  18g pack ( about 70 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST075 Golden Lima Pole
Similar in appearance to limas, but not a true lima. Beautiful flattened golden seeds with darker striping and great flavor. Originally offered by Abundant Life Seed Foundation in the 1980s. Attractive and flavorful. Very vigorus vines and heavy yeilds. 85-90 days
  20g pack ( about 35 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST043 Kentucky Blue Pole
Kentucky Blue is an All-America Selections winner that combines the excellence of the all-time greatest pole beans: Kentucky Wonder and Blue Lake. You get big crops of sweet and always stringless pods, straight and 7" long. A heavy yielder for many weeks. Pole beans yield much longer than bush beans, right up to frost. Plant 4-6" apart at the base of poles, trellis, a fence or bean tower. 65 days.
  11g pack ( about 30-35 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST076 Kentucky Green Pole
French green pole type, good climber, stringless, 9" long, thin, home garden type for cut or freezing, 65 days.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  9g pack ( about 30 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST077 Romano Pole
Italian heirloom flat pole bean, mid-green, stringless, 6" pod, unique meaty flavor, harvest when young for best flavor, 66 days.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  10g pack ( about 30 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST036 Rattlesnake
This one is very tolerant to heat and drought. Vines grow up to 10 feet and produce an abundance of beautiful dark green pods with purple streaks. The 7 to 8 inch pods are simply delicious. Light buff colored seeds are splashed with dark brown. Use the pods fresh or let them mature for shelling. 70-85 days.
  12g pack ( about 40 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TPF230 Bacello Asparagus Beans
A top-notch, red-seeded strain of the famous 'yard-long' beans. Vigorous and easy to grow, these plants will produce an abundance of exceptionally long pods over an extended season as they are very heat tolerant. When picked young will provide wonderfully fleshy, tasty pods with minimal seeds. Widely grown in Asia and the Mediterranean and a favorite of home gardeners and farmers markets alike!
  11g pack ( about 75 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TPF207 Yard Long Asparagus Beans
A favorite in Europe, this plant grows to 10 ft. tall on poles and produces an enormous yield of slender, tasty pods 2-3 ft. long.
  11g pack ( about 75 seeds per pack ) $2.95
VUD011 Large Speckled Pole Butterbean
Bears large quantities of large size, delicious speckled limas with delightful flavor, nothing else tastes quite like speckled butterbeans. Very popular in the South as it sets well even in hot weather, also makes an excellent dried bean for winter use.
  $1.95 per 20g pack ( enough to plant about 20 ft. of row )
VUD033 Christmas Pole Butterbean
Heirloom. 90 days. Very large ( the largest lima we know of ) with beautiful, dark red splashes, rich flavor; heavy yields even in very hot weather, prolific long vines. Has a buttery flavor and creamy texture. The lima's crisp nutty flavor- sometimes described as similar to chestnuts. The cooked texture is similar to that of a baked potato. Broad, flat pods with 3 large, flat limas each that are creamy green with red markings. When cooked at either green or dry, they turn a pink brown color.
  $1.95 per 30g pack ( 20 ft. of row )
TST040 King of the Garden
The leading large-seeded pole lima bean. The old standard favorite. Vigorous, reliable grower and heavy cropper, bearing dark green pods 5 to 8 inches long, filled with 4 to 6 large white beans of excellent quality. Shells very easily and cooks well. Rich honey-like taste. 85 days.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  22g pack ( about 20 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST041 Scarlet Runner
Old-fashioned favorite perfect for the kitchen garden. Multi-use bean with edible blooms, tender young pods and beautiful shell/dry beans. Bright scarlet flowers have a sweet, fresh taste and are attractive to hummingbirds.
Prolific ornamental variety with light green, flat pods 12-16" long which are fine flavored when young and tender. Large shiny black and purple mottled seeds are tasty as a shell or dried bean. 80 days.
  18g pack ( about 20 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST083 Sunset Runner
Sunset has all the best qualities of a runner bean. The gorgeous, uniquely colored, peach-pink blooms appear very early followed by plentiful crops of tasty beans for a long season harvest. The handsome vines reach up to 6 feet and create a fascinating garden centerpiece, especially when showered in blooms. Produces ample yields for freezing or canning. Black seeds. 75 days.
  18g pack ( about 22 seeds per pack ) $3.95
TST084 Violet Podded
Sunset has all the best qualities of a runner bean. The gorgeous, uniquely colored, peach-pink blooms appear very early followed by plentiful crops of tasty beans for a long season harvest. The handsome vines reach up to 6 feet and create a fascinating garden centerpiece, especially when showered in blooms. Produces ample yields for freezing or canning. Black seeds. 75 days.
  18g pack ( about 50 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST044 Cherokee Trail Pole
These were the beans carried in the pockets of Cherokee Indians on their tragic forced relocation from North Carolina's Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma in 1838-1839.
Shiny and jet-black, the beans are harvested dry and can be happily incorporated in an array of traditional American dishes. The beans are encased in 6-8" greenish-purple pods that are left to dry on the vine before picking, but they can also be picked green and prepared like snap beans. 65-70 days.
  20g pack ( about 70 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST004 Stortino Di Trento Italian Pole Beans
A climbing bean. One of the rarest of the Italian beans, and most unusual of the Anellino type "Shrimp Beans", with speckled pods, and rich flavor. Largest of the Anellino beans at 14 cm in length, highly productive. Bi-colored seeds. A perennial best-seller. 75 days.
  22g pack ( about 50 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST024 Red Noodle
High-yielding burgundy beans.
16-20" long beans are borne in clusters of up to four beans each. Healthy, vigorous plants. Sweet flavor compares to Gita. Burgundy color will fade when cooked. Red seeds. 85 days.
  10g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST009 Marvel of Venice
The finest yellow climbing Romano bean, famous for its large, tender, 8-9" long, 3/4" wide, flat pods borne on vigorous vines. This is a vigorous and flavorful black-seeded variety. This takes a bit longer to harvest, but many recommended this over the white seeded strain for quality of bean and flavor. 78 days.
  25g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST010 Anellino Giallo
A climbing bean. This is a wonderful yellow version of the famous 'shrimp' beans of southern Europe, known for their tenderness and terrific bean flavor. Near-black colored seeds. 75 days.
  22g pack ( about 50 seeds per pack ) $2.95

Shell Beans

Grow shelling or dried beans as you grow bush beans, except harvest differently. Pick them at the green shell stage, or let them mature for dried beans. For a continuous supply, plant once a week for the first month of the season.
TST021 Flagrano
Easy to shell. Flagrano's pods contain 8-10 mint green seeds and are very easy to shell by hand. These French flageolet beans are firm, flavorful, and delicious fresh or frozen. Also good used as a dry bean. 76 days.
  12g pack ( about 55 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST022 Kenearly Yellow Eye
Best variety for baked beans.
Kenearly is very similar to Maine Yellow Eye, but matures more uniformly for easier harvest and has a slightly larger eye. The eating quality is every bit as good. Excellent for baked bean suppers and hearty winter soups, where the beans cook down into a rich, creamy broth. 90 days.
  24g pack ( about 55 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST023 Light Red Kidney
The best for three-bean salads.
An early, light red kidney bean with good flavor. Excellent for chili, bean salads, and soups. 95 days.
  22g pack ( about 35 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST015 Tongue of Fire
Wonderful shell bean with striking red-streaked pods.
The fresh shell beans are large and round. The 6-7" stringless pods can be eaten and marketed young as snap beans. These Italian beans retain their flavor whether fresh, frozen, or canned. Original stock seeds collected at the southern tip of South America, in Tierra del Fuego.
  18g pack ( about 35 seeds per pack ) $2.95
VUD008 Dark Red Kidney Beans
An old heirloom baking bean, probably the largest and the best. Produces large, flat seed pods filled with huge, red kidney shaped beans. Perfect for red beans and rice dishes and mexican cooking.
  $2.15 per 1.2 ounce pack.
1A359 Black Turtle Beans
Black seeded, spicy flavor, for refrying or soups and stews in Mexican and Latin dishes, 85 days.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  $2.95 per 10g pack ( enough for about 25-30 feet of row ).
VUD010 Small White Navy Beans
The old fashioned navy bean enjoyed for generations. Bushes are loaded with small navy beans.
  $1.95 per 1.5 ounce pack ( enough to plant about 80 ft. of row )
VUD020 Pinto
An old heirloom field bean with 4-5 inch pods. A small pinto type with delicious flavor, much used for soups. Popular as a refried bean in Mexican cooking, in chili and tacos.
  $1.95 per 1.25 ounce pack ( enough to plant about 15-20 ft. of row )
TST038 Yellow Indian Woman
Originally discovered by a Swedish family and a rare heriloom bean now found in Native American communities in Montana. A small, yellowish-gold bean, that is creamy when cooked, with flavor similar to Pinto and Black beans.
Holds its shape while cooking, making it ideal for slow cooked dishes. For fresh eating, pick when pods have reached their peak color. 60 days.
  11g pack ( about 50 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST005 Lingot Cannellini
Lingot is considered a to be a premium strain of cannellini bean. This bean is very well-known in Europe for its hardiness and for its high production of long, cylindrical green pods; when ripe containing characteristic elongated white seeds. Highly sought after by chefs and gourmets for soups, stews, and more. Excellent for consumption fresh or dried. 65 days.
  20g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST008 Coco Bianco
Famous heirloom from Italy, these round fat beans are wonderful in soups, stews, and for baking. A premium cooking white bean. Although they may be used fresh (while still quite small), we recommend you shell them to truly discover the best qualities of this wonderful bean. 62 days.
  22g pack ( about 40 seeds per pack ) $2.95
1A123 Garbanzo Bean
65 days. These are the big hazelnut looking tan colored beans you find on good salad bars. This large round bean holds its shape well after cooking. Plants are erect and bush-type, but look different than other beans. Use them as a green-shell bean or allow them to dry for storage. Tolerates dry growing conditions. Also called chick peas. Nutty flavor adds nice touch to salads.
  $2.95 per pack
25g pack, plants about 25 feet of row.

Sword ( Fava ) Beans

TST030 Aquadulce Bean
An amazing bean. Sweet and tasty broad beans or fava beans are a staple of Mediterranean cuisine. When harvested very young, the whole pod can be cooked and eaten. With later harvests, the beans must be shelled.
Young leaf shoots can be cooked as well.
Fall plantings will survive the winter and produce good spring yields. This hardy plant is a good nitrogen fixer and can be used as a green manure.

This variety can stand very cold conditions (to about 15°F) and can be planted in the fall or winter for spring harvest. Used for early crops. Plants reach thirty six to forty inches.
Fall planted, they are one of the culinary harbingers of the spring harvest season, beginning to mature in mid-may, and excellent in dips, stews, braises or own their own.
Spring plant in April for July harvest. Plants grow to about 30" and are heavy yielding, though the beans take some time to size up even once the pods are full size.
The amount of beans each plant produces is surprising, very good yields of large 9" long glossy green beans. The pods are filled with 7 to 8 large seeds which are used fresh or dried and can be frozen.
Harvest as fresh shelly until the leaves just start to yellow. For dry beans, pods or whole plants can be pulled for drying once leaves have browned and fall off.
90 days

 1.7g pack ( about 18-20 seeds ) $2.95
JCLIP Jumbo Trellis Clips

These jumbo white plastic clips are larger than our tomato trellis clips and form a 1 inch circle around stem and trellis line or cage wire compared to a ¾ circle on our tomato trellis clips ( as shown in photo ).
Perfect for training bean vines to trellis, wire or string. Clips have side openings for ventilation and have a quick release feature that allows you to move them during the year as the plant grows. Use them year after year. Excellent for vine crops and staking any young plant.

Bag of 50 clips $3.95
Bag of 250 clips $12.95