All packs contain 25g unless otherwise indicated
Apaloosa 90 days to dry stage Can be used as a snap bean, with long, slender green pods, but excels as a classic heirloom baking bean, holding its shape nicely when cooked. Yields a rich, herbaceous flavour baked or in soups. Productive in cool climates.
Black Coco 95 days to dry stage A large & plump cocoa-flavoured black bean, excellent for making a rich flavoured black bean soup. Strong, robust plants. Germinates well even in cool soil.
Black Valentine 55 days for snap beans, 80 to dry. First introduced commercially in 1897, but grown widely before 1850. Known for its abundant production and unparalleled rich taste. Dark green pods are tender and stringless. The shiny, black seeds make an excellent black soup bean. A hardy and dependable variety that germinates well in cool soil and can be sown early in the season.
Bumblebee 90 days to dry stage. A rare dry-bean, bush-habit heirloom from the state of Maine. Named after its remarkably large seeds, 3-5 nestled in each five-inch pod. Beans have a maroon/ochre splash of colour around the hilium against a background colour of white. Plants are stout, thick and hardy! One of our favourites for bean soups due to the mild flavour.
Comtesse de Chambord 80 – 90 days. A very rare, delicate bush variety of 19th century French origin. Small plants yield a profusion of tender and slim 3 – 4 inch long pods. Known historically as a “Rice bean” because of its tiny white to pale green seeds. Ideal for small plots and even containers. (8 grams ~ 100+ seeds)
Orca 80-90 days to maturity A rare heirloom cultivar with distinctive black & white markings reminiscent of the whale. Best as a dry soup bean or baking bean. Mild flavour and smooth texture. Robust, strong, productive & widely adapted. Also called Ying yang after the Chinese symbol.
Pois Fèves Laliberté 85 days to dry stage. A true Québec heirloom, quite rare now, meant to be used as a dry soup or baking bean. Beans are plump, off-white and almost spherical. They look like fat little peas, but are in fact beans. Plants are stocky, robust and productive.
Velour 55 – 60 days. A purple-podded, stringless filet bean of French origin with outstanding productivity! Plants are compact so they are appropriate for small spaces. Slender pods are “extra-fine”, 4 – 5 inches long, and produce throughout the season. The more you pick, the more they produce! The bright purple colour changes to a brilliant green. Excellent for fresh eating or freezing. (10 grams ~ 60+ seeds)
Vermont Cranberry 65 days to snap, 90 days to dry stage Old-time New England bush bean variety, known before 1876. A superb shell bean in salads & relishes, with an excellent sweet flavour.