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Seed Savers Pencil Pod Wax Bean Seeds
Old-time favorite introduced in 1900. Excellent quality, stringless pods are 5-7" long with delicious wax bean flavor. Good for freezing or canning. Vigorous plants are 15-20" tall. Bush habit, wax, 50-65 days.

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Seed Savers Arikara Yellow Bean Seeds
Seeds were originally obtained from the Arikara tribe of North Dakota and introduced in Oscar Will’s Pioneer Indian Collection of seeds (1915). Yellow-tan seeds with reddish-brown eye rings. Excellent for use as a baking bean. Prolific plants, good drought tolerance. Bush habit, dry, 80-90 days.

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Kitazawa Blue Lake Pole Bean Seeds
A robust producer, Blue Lake beans are tender, round, stringless 6" straight pods with white seeds. Blue Lake beans are known for being sweet and juicy. Beans can be eaten fresh, but their tender, meaty texture makes them an excellent choice for canning or freezing.

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Kitazawa Akahana Mame Shell Bean Seeds
This rare and beautiful Japanese bean is also called "flower bean." Grown as a pole bean, this variety produces gorgeous red flowers and pods up to 8" long. The striking 1" beans are a deep red color dappled with purple and black.

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Kitazawa Winged Goa Bean Seeds
Winged bean is also known as asparagus pea, goa bean, four angled bean, manila bean, princess bean, and dragon bean. Almost every part of this tropical plant is edible: the beans (used as a vegetable), the leaves (cooked like spinach), the roots (similar to potato), and the dried seeds (used for flour). High in protein and rich in vitamins A, C, calcium and iron.

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Kitazawa Shironata Mame Sword Bean Seeds
This Japanese sword bean produces white flowers and green beans with a ridged edge. The beans are picked when immature; 4" long, and prepared like snap beans. Blanch or steam these beans and enjoy with lemon-dill butter.

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Kitazawa Kwintus Pole Green Bean Seeds
The short growing season, delicious, and distinctive flavor of this Italian (Romano) pole bean make it a favorite among bean aficionados. The 8-10" stringless, flat and tender pods keep their flavor longer than most other green bean varieties. They can be grown almost anywhere because of their short growing season. Formerly called Early Riser. Recommended for home gardens, open field and greenhouse growing.

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Seed Savers Organic Mayflower Bean Seeds
(aka Amish Knuttle) Said to have been brought to North America on the Mayflower by Ann Hutchinson in 1620, followed by a long history of being circulated in the Carolinas. This productive cutshort type has short pods packed with small square seeds. White seeds blotched with rose. Young string beans are prized for delicious flavor. Also excellent as a dry bean. Pole habit, 100 days.

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Seed Savers Black Valentine Bean Seeds
Introduced in 1897 by Peter Henderson & Company. Shiny black seeds in 6" pods. A great dual purpose variety, use for fresh snap beans or dry soup beans. Prolific and dependable. Tolerant of cool temperatures. Bush habit, snap or dry, 50-55 days.

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Seed Savers Bountiful Bean Seeds
 In 1898 Abel Steele of Ferguson, Ontario won a $25.00 prize for naming this new variety from Peter Henderson & Company, previously known as “New Green Bush Bean No. 1.” Heavy crops of excellent quality, brittle, stringless 6-7" pods. Productive plants grow up to 18" tall. Bush habit, snap, 45-50 days.

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Seed Savers Brockton Horticultural Bean Seeds
Introduced in 1885 by the Aaron Low Seed Company who secured seed from a market gardener in Brockton, Massachusetts. Beautiful red striped pods with large maroon-speckled seeds. Used only as a dry bean, wonderful nutty flavor. Large vigorous plants. Pole habit, dry, 85 days.

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Seed Savers Bumble Bee Bean Seeds
Maine heirloom named for the large size of its seeds. Striking white seeds with a dark maroon-black splash at the eye. Stout 16" plants produce 5" pods with 3-5 large seeds each. High vitamin and mineral content. Bush habit, dry, 85-98 days.

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Seed Savers Burpee's Stringless Green Pod Bean Seeds
Introduced in 1894 by W. Atlee Burpee who obtained its stock seed from N. B. Kenney. Burpee proclaimed it the only totally stringless green podded bean. Produces pods that are 5" long. Bush habit, snap, 46-50 days.

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Seed Savers Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean Seeds
 (aka Cherokee Black) Given to SSE in 1977 by the late Dr. John Wyche, SSE member from Hugo, Oklahoma. Dr. Wyche’s Cherokee ancestors carried this bean over the Trail of Tears, the infamous winter death march from the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma (1838-1839), leaving a trail of 4,000 graves. Green 6" pods with purple overlay, shiny jet-black seeds. Good for snap beans and dry beans. Pole habit, snap or dry, 85 days.

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Seed Savers Dragon's Tongue Bean Seeds
 This Dutch wax bean has large 6-8" cream-colored pods with vivid purple stripes that disappear when blanched. Pods are stringless, wide, and exceptionally crisp and juicy. Compact, high yielding plants. Bush habit, wax, 55-60 days.

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Seed Savers Gold of Bacau Bean Seeds
Donated to SSE by friends in Bacau, Romania. Very productive, 6-10" long flattened golden Romano type beans. Excellent sweet flavor. Even when the seeds begin to form the pods are still stringless, tender, and sweet. Best for fresh use but can also be frozen. Pole habit, wax, 60-70 days.

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Seed Savers Good Mother Stallard Bean Seeds
Family heirloom that has been enjoyed for generations. Introduced to SSE members over a decade ago by Glenn Drowns. Maroon beans splashed with white, 5-6 seeds per pod. Wonderful rich meaty flavor, great for soups. Very productive. Pole habit, dry, 85-95 days.

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Seed Savers Jacob's Cattle Bean Seeds
The result of a cross between Jacob's Cattle and Mexican Black Turtle by Sumner Pike of Lubec, Maine in the 1950s. Reported to have half the flatulence of regular Jacob's Cattle. Excellent flavor, originally obtained by Wanigan Associates. Bush habit, 70-75 days.

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Seed Savers Kentucky Wonder Bush Bean Seeds
(aka Improved Commodore) Selected from Kentucky Wonder pole bean. A standard for the home and market gardener. Tender, stringless, round, fleshy 8" pods have fine quality and excellent flavor. Heavy yields over an extended period. Bush habit, snap, 65 days.

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Seed Savers Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean Seeds
This bean was first marketed in 1864 as Texas Pole, then renamed and introduced in 1877 as Kentucky Wonder by James J. H. Gregory & Sons. Vigorous 5-7' plants yield clusters of 7-10" stringless pods. Great flavor, an all-time favorite. Pole habit, snap, 58-64 days.

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Seed Savers Lina Cisco's Bird Egg Bean Seeds
Family heirloom brought to Missouri by covered wagon in the 1880s by Lina’s grandmother. Lina Sisco was one of the six original members of SSE, which was founded in 1975. Large tan bean with maroon markings. Horticultural type used as a dry bean. Bush habit, dry, 85 days.

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Seed Savers Red Swan Bean Seeds
Heirloom from Holland. Completely white sweet roots with delicious flavor. This beet never stains! For best color and to avoid green tops, blanch roots by hilling up with soil. 50 days.

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Seed Savers Royalty Purple Podded Bean Seeds
Bred at the University of New Hampshire by the late Professor Elwyn Meader. Introduced by the Billy Hepler Seed Company in 1957. Distinctive purple foliage and purple flowers. Bright purple, stringless, slightly curved 5" pods turn green when cooked. Germinates well even in cold wet soil. Bush habit, snap, 55 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Calypso Bean Seeds
 (aka Yin Yang) Originally from the Caribbean. One of the best for baking and soups. Round black and white seeds with contrasting eye borne heavily on strong 15" plants. Averages 4-5 seeds per pod. Adapts well to all types of production areas. Bush habit, dry, 70-90 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Empress Bean Seeds
Introduced by Gurney’s in 1979 as Experimental Bean 121 and later re-named Empress. Incredible flavor. Our very best snap bean for fresh eating, freezing, or processing. Heavy yields of large, straight, green, 5-6" stringless pods. Bush habit, snap, 55 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Fin de Bagnol Bean Seeds
Old gourmet variety of French string bean with delicious round slender pods. Best for eating when picked every 2 or 3 days while still very young and before strings develop. Does well in cool soil. Attractive as tiny gourmet green beans. Commands a high price at market. Bush habit, snap, 50-60 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Hidatsa Red Bean Seeds
(aka Hidatsa Indian Red) Originally grown by the Hidatsa tribe in the Missouri River Valley of North Dakota. Introduced in Oscar Will’s Pioneer Indian Collection of seeds (1915). Dark red seeds reminiscent of kidney beans. Productive sprawling bush plants will climb to three feet if given support. Bush habit, dry, 80-100 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Hidatsa Shield Bean Seeds
From the Hidatsa tribe who raised corn, squash, beans, and sunflowers in the Missouri River Valley of North Dakota. Shield Figure beans are described in Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden (1987). This very productive variety was boarded onto Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste in 2005. Pole habit, dry, 90 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Hutterite Soup Bean Seeds
The Hutterites are a communal branch of Anabaptists who follow the teachings of Jakob Hutter. This is one of their heirloom beans, which makes an excellent creamy white soup. Green-yellow seeds with a distinctive dark ring around the eye. Very productive plants. SSE member Dorothy Beiswenger obtained the seed from a Hutterite Colony in Forest River, North Dakota. Bush habit, dry, 85-90 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Ideal Market Bean Seeds
 Introduced to the seed trade in 1914 as Black Creaseback by Van Antwerp’s Seed Store of Mobile, Alabama. Reintroduced in 1924 by Chris Reuter Seed Co. of New Orleans, Louisiana as Reuter’s Ideal Market. Very early and productive 5" snap bean. Excellent quality, stringless, fine texture. Pole habit, snap, 65-70 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Ireland Creek Annie Bean Seeds
English heirloom grown since the 1930s on Ireland Creek Farm in British Columbia. Superb flavor, makes its own thick sauce when stewed. Stocky 24" plants produce abundantly and reliably. Bush habit, dry, 70-75 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Kenearly Yellow Eye Bean Seeds
One of the best early baking beans. Developed in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Healthy plants produce excellent yields of white beans with yellow-brown eyes. Easy to shell. Bush habit, dry, 80-95 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Painted Pony Bean Seeds
A great dual purpose bean. Long thin pods are stringless and good for snap beans. The dry beans are excellent for soups and retain their markings when cooked. Very productive. Bush habit, 60 days for snaps, 80 days for dry beans.

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Seed Savers Organic Provider Bean Seeds
Introduced by Dr. Hoffman of South Carolina in 1965. Known as the most dependable early green bean. Round straight pods (5-8" long) borne heavily on compact plants. Excellent flavor, one of the best for freezing and canning. Germinates well in cool soil. Disease resistant. Bush habit, snap, 50-55 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Purple Podded Pole Bean Seeds
Heirloom variety discovered by Henry Fields in an Ozark garden in the 1930s. Plants climb vigorously to 6' and are extremely productive. High quality, meaty, stringless 5-7" reddish-purple pods that blanch to light green. Pole habit, snap, 68 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Rattlesnake Bean Seeds
(aka Preacher Bean) Distinctive dark green pods streaked with purple grow up to 8" long. Light buff seeds splashed with dark brown, resembling a rattlesnake’s coloration. Very fine flavor. Vines grow vigorously to 10'. Good resistance to drought. Pole habit, snap, 60-90 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Speckled Cranberry Bean
Brought to America from England around 1825. Triple purpose bean. Can be used as a snap bean at around 60 days, green shell bean at around 80 days, or as a dry bean if grown to full maturity. Produces heavy crops of stringless 7-9" pods until the first frost. Pole habit, dry, 60-90 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Sultan's Golden Crescent Bean Seeds
Rarely offered and almost extinct. SSE is pleased to reintroduce this variety. Distinct curled yellow snap bean. Stringless, excellent flavor. Very prolific. Pole habit, snap, 75 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Sultan's Green Crescent Bean
 Rarely offered and almost extinct. SSE is pleased to reintroduce this variety. Distinct curled green snap bean. Stringless, tender, and delicious. Pole habit, snap, 75 days.

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Seed Savers Organic True Red Cranberry Bean Seeds
One of the 1,186 beans given to SSE in 1981 by John Withee and his Wanigan Associates. (Wanigan is the Abnaki Indian word for the cookshacks on rafts which floated down Maine rivers during the spring lumber drives, where huge quantities of beans were cooked and served to Maine woodsmen.) Given to John by Mr. Taylor in Maine. Use like any dry kidney bean, excellent flavor. Pole habit, 95 days.

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Seed Savers Organic Turkey Craw Bean Seeds
Heirloom from Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Original seed said to have been found in a wild turkey’s craw. Stringless 6" pods enclose attractive brown seeds with tan flecks and brown eye rings. Used as a snap bean or a dry bean; excellent canned or frozen. From the Wanigan Associates Collection organized by the late John Withee. Pole habit, snap or dry, 80-100 days.

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Seed Savers Prickly Caterpillar Seeds
Unusual legume native to southern Europe; listed by Vilmorin in the 1800s. Pods are narrow and twisted like a caterpillar rolled up on itself. Low growing plants with tiny yellow flowers make a beautiful ground cover. Caterpillars may be added to salads to surprise unexpected diners, but are generally not meant to be eaten because they are so spiky. Can be grown in containers if space is tight. Great historic novelty. Annual.

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