Malawi Green Dry Bean
Improvement status: Cultivar
Seeds per packet: ~35
Germination tested 12/2019: 90%
Life cycle: Annual
These beans — which are not for growing "green beans", but are actual green-seeded beans — were brought to the African nation of Malawi in the 1800s by German colonizers. In Europe, they were known as Malachite beans after the green-colored mineral of the same name. The plants vine to 6-feet or more and produce copious 4-inch pods with 5 or 6 beans per pod. The beans are beautiful and delicious. For dry beans, wait until the pods dry on the stalk. This is also a great variety for fresh "shelly" beans, which boil up much faster and have a phenomenal taste.
These seeds were grown by Lisa Bloodnick of Bloodnick Family Farms in Apalachin, NY.
GROWING TIPS: Direct seed after danger of last frost. Plants should be 4-8 inches apart in rows 18-36 inches apart. Could benefit from a trellis. Harvest when pods dry on the stalk.