Blue Speckled Tepary Bean
Origin: Mayan people, Southern Mexico
Improvement status: Cultivar
Seeds per packet: ~20
Germination tested 1/2018: 91%
Blue Speckled Tepary Bean is one of the southernmost examples of a species of bean cultivated mainly in the drier regions of the southewestern US and Central America. A recent study found that the only beans capable of producing seeds under warm-night conditions (increasingly common on this warming planet) are tepary beans, so they will likely play a critical role in breeding beans for the future. Traditionally sown in floodplains, tepary beans grow quickly and produce a profusion of flowers and beans. Some are even said to grow to maturity with just a single watering. This Mayan heirloom from southern Mexico is one of the most beautiful examples of the species.
Our seeds were grown by Clint Freund and Kass McKinnon of Cultivating the Commons in Jefferson, Wisconsin.