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Buckskin Bean

Buckskin Bean

Regular price $3.25 Sale

Phaseolus vulgaris

Origin: Sweden, via Buckeye, Montana

Improvement status: Cultivar

Seeds per packet: ~35

Germination tested 12/2018: 93%

Also known as 'Yellow Indian Woman' bean, this deliciously creamy bean has traveled a great deal: while it no doubt started its journey in Mexico, it eventually found its way to Sweden, and was later brought by Swedish immigrants to Buckeye, Montana. This short-season dry bean is a vigorous grower with a slight runner tendency, meaning they grow a little bigger than bush beans, but don’t really climb a trellis. This high yielding bean has a shiny yellow color and unparalleled flavor. Harvest and dry under cover before fall rains cause any molding or sprouting. Thresh large amounts by stomping and winnowing with a fan. Beans should be direct sown after last frost. These seeds were grown by Clint Freund and Kass McKinnon of Cultivating the Commons in Madison, Wisconsin, which will receive half of the proceeds of all sales.

GROWING TIPS: Direct seed after danger of last frost, probably early to mid May, or as late as early to mid June. Rows could be a 12-16 inches apart, plants could be 5-8 inches apart. Harvest in waves as pods dry, or pull entire plants when most of the pods are dry, all the while watching the amount of rainfall as heavy rains can mess with drying pods.