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This kind of bean was domesticated in the Andes and has become a staple protein source world wide. The climate in Ireland is marginal for growing drying beans however some varieties are quite hardy and do better than beans grown for their immature pods. We have tried many different varieties and these are the ones that do best, producing a crop even in the worst summers. 

Sow Beans outdoors in May and June, 20cm apart in rows 30cm apart. If beans are sown in cold wet soil they will not grow fast enough to get ahead of the slugs. The first warm week in May is best, and sowing can continue into the beginning of June. Keep well weeded. As drying beans are dwarf varieties they do not need support. Most varieties can be used green as well as dried but this will reduce the final yield. The crop should be harvested when most of the pods have turned brown. The plants should then be harvested whole and drying completed indoors. The beens can be shelled when the pods are crisp. This can be done by hand, or by threshing with a stick. Before storing check the beans are rally dry by hitting with a hammer. They should shatter, not squash.
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Zolfino
Zolfino
Our Price: €2.80

An Italian Drying Bean, This is a delicious white haricot bean grown at high altitudes in Italy. It has proved reliable in West Cork, even in the bad summers of of 2011 and 2012.  Average 30 seeds/packet more info
Gaucho
Gaucho
Our Price: €2.80

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Phaseolus vulgaris Gaucho is an Argentinian heirloom dry bean which we got from Carol Deppe and which came to her from the Abundant lIfe Seed Foundation. It is a very early and productive bean for drying. Average 30 seeds per packet.
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Orca/YingYang
Orca/YingYang
Our Price: €2.80

Phaseolus vulgaris Also known as Calypso beans, originally from the Carribean, are a small and tasty heirloom bean, gorgeously dappled in black and white. Sow in early May, ready to harvest in Setember.. Average 30 seeds/packet more info
Cherokee Trail of Tears
Cherokee Trail of Tears
Our Price: €2.80

Between 1838 and 1839 the Cherokee people of the United States were forced to march across the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma. This winter death march is known as the Trail of Tears as over 4,000 people died making the trip.

In 1977 a member of Seed Savers Exchange named Dr. John Wyche from Hugo, Oklahoma donated these seeds to our collection. It is thought that his Cherokee ancestors carried this heirloom bean with them on the Trail of Tears.

Beans were domesticated in the Americas thousands of years ago and serve as a protein in the diet of humans and animals.

This is a vigorous climbing bean that can be used either as a green bean or aloud to mature into a black drying bean.

Sow from April indoors or in May outside.

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Coco Bicolour
Coco Bicolour
Our Price: €2.80

Coco Bicolour An old botany teacher of mine, Paul Dowding, gave me some of these seeds old French climbing variety, which he has been growing for many years. The beans are mottled cream and purple. They are early, vigorous and prolific. We found them delicious and are pleased to add them to the catalogue.

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Red Haricot
Red Haricot
Our Price: €2.80

Phaseolus vulgaris This is the earliest drying bean we have. These beans show that we don’t need to be importing all our pulses. Average 30 seeds/packet more info
   
 
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