This will be an ever expanding compilation of beans that I grow each year. These are all beans that I have recieved during one of the many seed swaps I attend or that I grow commercially for a seed company.
Woods Mountain Crazy Bean
This bean is named after the area when the original grower lived. Here is a copy of the discussion on the beans from the Grandaughter We have some beans that we were told was creasebacks. But everything I have looked at & read says that they are pole beans. Ours aren't, they are bush beans. They have purple blooms, but you don't know when they have beans until you go out & pull back the leaves & they are hanging there. They will have everything from blooms to full size beans at the same time after they get started. They will produce till frost as long as they get water. The first year that we planted them we got alot off of them,then it turned dry & we weren't equipped to water then & didn't need the space so we just left the plants, they had dropped all their leaves. Then in late summer or early fall it started raining and durn if those crazy beans didn't start blooming & putting on beans without any leaves. So we started calling them crazy beans. They will stay tender till they get quite big. When you dry them for saving for seed, they will have some that are light cream with light brown streaks & sploches, dark cream w dark brown streaks, light brown w dark streaks, med & dark brown with black streaks, black w brown streaks & solid black beans, They can have 5 or 6 beans in each pod, in any combination of colors coming from the same pod. If anyone out there knows the real name of these I sure would appreicate you letting me know. They have the best flavor of any green bean that we have tried. Thanks mawma
I would like to add that these do load up even with temps in the 90's during the day and mid 70s at night here in Humid South Carolina. And these are indeed crazy beans. I do not have any dry beans yet but so far on one plant there is solid green pods. purple striped and green pods with a Bluish purple hue.
Tuscahara Bread Bean
This a beautiful Red and tan bean. It is a true half runner reaching a max height of 5ft. The blooms are a soft pink/lavender. Production has been good but has tapered off now that days are in the 90s' and nights mid 70's but even with the heat they are still producing. I am growing this bean for Remy of the Sample seed shop www.sampleseeds.com This is the description from the website. Bean, half runner ‘Tuscarora Bread’ (Phaseolus vulgaris) bnTBred This rare bean has a special story with it. Though I got them elsewhere, they originally came from Norton Rickard an elder of the Tuscarora Nation. Norton loved gardening when retired from work pursued a dream of gardening full time. I was lucky enough to meet him and have a long talk about gardening, seed saving, and Tuscarora history. He told me a lot of history, and I was honored to hear all he had to say. The bread bean came from an elder Tuscarora woman in NY down near the PA border over 50 years ago when he was teen. The lady gave the beans to his older brother and told him they were special bread beans, to grow the beans, and not let them die by no longer planting them. So his brother grew them and eventually Norton did. The beans are a cooking bean. They can be used in any bean dish like chili, but they are specifically used by the Tuscaroras for bean bread. Bean Bread has been a staple of the Tuscarora for a long time. I found recipes for Cherokee bean bread online. To see one of the recipes Click Here. The bread is like the Tuscarora bread which makes sense since Norton taught me that the Tuscarora once lived near the Cherokee before they move north and joined the Iroquois nations. I asked Norton what to call the bean, and he said, “Tuscarora Bread Bean.” I told him I would do that then. He unfortunately passed away shortly after I met him. I would of love to have known him better. I was told this bean is a bush bean, but the plants grew up my rabbit fencing so it is better described as a half runner
Jaunita Smith Bean
This bean was giving to me by Mike Watkins of Heavenly seeds. These beans will run 8ft and I would say they are a moderate running bean. small to midsize leaves. The blooms are Lavender and the pods have a purple cast to them. The beans are 5in and blunt tipped with a uniform thickness the dimater of a pencil. Here is the description from Dr. Bradshaw Retired Professor of Horticulture at Clemson University who collected the beans. Mike Watkins continues Dr. Bradshaws collection of Heirlooms through his website www.heavenlyseed.com Juanita Smith Beans - Source: Oliver Ridley, Mountain Rest, SC Mr. Ridley grew this bean for almost 50 years after receiving it from Juanita Smith, who had grown it for 50-60 years before. He often planted them among his field corn to provide them a trellis. Plants produce an abundant crop of medium sized round beans with black & white appaloosa speckled seed. Tender round pods are useful in French style bean recipes and bean salads.
This picture shows the row of beans with Hercules peas to the right and Cherokee White flour corn with Stone mountain watermelons beneath
Greasy Cutshort Bean
This is another bean I am growing for Mike Watkins of Heavenly seed and was part of Dr. Bradshaws collection. The plants are very robust and will easily top 10ft plus with large leaves and white blooms. The pods are 5-6inches long. With an abnorminal hot year the production has been moderate to good. Much better that I had expected for a greasy bean Here is the description from Mikes website BHC- Source: Dick Baird, Pickens, SC. Cut Short beans are said to have derived their name because the seeds grow so closely together in the pods that the seed ends are flattened or "cut short". This variety has a slick or "greasy" pod. An excellent heirloom for fresh consumption, but in earlier times it was a favorite for drying as "leather breeches beans". Often seen strung like peppers on a string hanging on the porch, the beans were soaked in water overnight to reconstitute before cooking slowly for hours with a ham hock for flavoring. Trellis this variety
I recieved this pea from my good friend John Coykendal. John is a Heirloom gardener for Blackberry farms outside of Knoxville Tenn. I am growing this pea for Mike Watkins at Heavenly seeds
This is a 250ft row and it is a pretty site to see all the peas hanging above the leaves and the purple blooms. They are also covered in wasp another great beneficial insect
It is 9 July and I have ripe peas. These were planted first week of May.
This is but another of many white seeded greasy cutshort beans I maintain This one I recieved during a seed swap in Ky. No name other than greasy cutshort. The biggest difference is pod lenght. The Greasy Cutshort above that I am grwoing for Mike Watkins has 5-6ich pods while this one has 4 inch pods. I have some that are only 2 inchs long.
True Red Cranberry
This was recieved in Va at a seed swap I did'nt record alot of information other than it was supposed to be the true red cranberry bean. So far it does not like our heat I has started to bloom but only a few pods and they are not full
This bean is a nice supprise. Small tan with black striped seed. It is a 1/2 runner only growing 3ft in height and at first it doesn't appear to have any beans. But look inside and it is loaded with nice pencil thick 5inch pods. This gets an A+ for heat tolerance.
This bean I received from a friend of mine about 25miles from me in the upper part of Newberry Co. South Carolina. Large leaves large vines been grown by the Epting Familiy. Has a large white seed. It is a late producing been planted at the same time as the others in this row but has just started to bloom. So no beans yet
Grandma Roberts Purple Pole
I received this bean from Dar Jones of Hamilton Ala.. It is a beautiful bean worthy of a spot in the front as an ornamental with its purple vines blooms and pods. It is producing well as expected for a deep south bean. Another one with good heat resistence
I recieved this bean 2 years ago in Va. from a friend of mine in Wisconsin. It is a commercial variety but I believe it is better suited for a cooler climate. Mine have yet to produce any pods.
This is a white seeded seiva type lima. Limas are heat lovers and this plant is thriving and has started to put on blooms. It should load up in the next few weeks with first harvest in late Aug
Frank Barnett Cutshort
This bean I recieved last year in Berea Ky from Frank Bennett. It has been blooming but has not set any pods yet.
This is another Bean that is commercially available I recieved in a swap and it is doing very well in the sweltering heat we are having this year.
This bean I recieved at a seed swap in Crawford Ga. From my good friend John Coykendal of Knoxville Tenn. It is from Virginia and it shows. It has not produced any pods yet. This beans seed looks like a lima having large flat brown seed
Pink Tip Greasy
This is one of 3 pink tip beans I have all three came from different people inthe Kentucky area. I wil take more pictures as the season progresses but at the shelly state this bean turns yellow with a pink tip.
This bean is similar to the Riner pole. I recieved these from Dar Jones in Hamilton ALA.. As with the Riner I do not have any pods yet.
Purple Hyacinth Bean
I am growing this bean for Southern Exposure seeds. It is beautiful and will quickly cover an arbor.
Cherokee Turkey Eye
Ed Meess Striped hull Greasy
Ole Joe Clark
Cherokee Turkey Eye
This lima I am growing for Southern Exposure Seeds. I have grown it for 2years now. It is very prolific and has a good rich flavor. Multicolored limas are my favorites. The plants throw an ocasional bush type and is a moderate pole type to 7-8ft.
This bean was developed by my wife's great Uncle Mr JC Meetze of Newberry SC. He sold the patent to Park seed who listed it for several years in the early 70's. This is an excellent heat tolerant bean and makes a good canning bean. It is what is referred to as a rattlesnake type pole bean. I grow this bean for Southern Exposure seeds, Heavenly seeds, and the Sample seed shop. This is a must to try.
This is a 250ft row of Zelma Zesta large leaves and aprolific climber.
Red Yardlong bean
Nichols Black Appalachian bean
I received this bean from a volunteer at the Roper Mountain education center in Greenville SC. It is a bean collected from the Nichols family of Pickens SC. The lady that planted it volunteers in the heirloom garden at Roper center and had this bean growing the year I attended a pioneer days festival. She gladly shared some seed with me.
Ma Williams Pole
I have 8 plants of this bean. One has a violet bloom. Tthe remaining are white. It is possible that there is some crossing or a natural sport /mutation has occured. I will see in time when the seed ripens and when it is replanted. Mutations will grow true a cross will revert back and show both parents.
Large Greasy bean
Black seeded Soybean
Speckeled Butter Pea
I recieved this LIma from Mike Watkins. I am growing it for seed and Mike will have it available to purchase for the 2012 season. This is a very rare bean. I have a pole white Butter pea and this is the first colored Butter Peas I have come across. I was estatic when Mike said he had this for me to grow. Mike colected this bean in ALA.