All packs contain 25g unless otherwise indicated
Big Jim Scarlet Runner Bean Phaseolus coccineus . A fast-growing vigorous climber sporting deep, scarlet-red showy flowers. Large, colourful seeds up to one inch long. Great for a fast-establishing shade screen or privacy screen.
Blue Coco 70 days to snap stage. A rare heirloom originating in France before 1775. Known for vigour and adaptability to heat, cold & drought, making it an excellent choice for short-season areas. High yielding vines with purple-tinged leaves produce beautiful dark bluish purple pods. Like many heirloom beans, can serve as a snap, shell or dry bean, depending on picking time. Seeds are tan to chocolate colour, depending on growing conditions.
Cherokee Trail of Tears 65 days to snap, 90 to dry stage. Prolific & strong vines– does well planted with corn or sunflowers for support. A historically important variety originating with the Cherokee Nation and their forced march from the Smokey Mountains to Oklahoma in the early 1800’s. Good green snap bean when young, and turns purple with maturity.
Kahnawake Mohawk 90 days to dry stage A difficult to find heirloom of First Nations origin. Traditionally used as a dry bean, but equally tasty eaten fresh if picked young. Vigorous climber and good producer with tasty meaty green pods and attractive plump round seeds, cream-colored with striking brown swirls around the “eye”.
Marvel of Venice An old Italian heirloom. Vigorously climbing Romano variety with broad flat yellow pods and plump, round and shiny black seeds. Delicious and tender when pods are young, and an excellent and productive dry bean if pods are left to mature.
Mennonite Striped String A very rare cultivar sporting large, juicy ten inch pods that are meaty and quite tender for their large size. The dried beans are beautiful to behold, with swirls of dark stripes and flecks over a taupe coloured background.
Sacré Coeur 80 days to dry stage Acquired through Seeds of Diversity Canada member seed exchange. A true Québec heirloom, grown by the Larochelle family of St. Lazare for more than two generations. Medium-vigorous climber used as a soup bean. Pods are easy to shell when dry. Beautiful bi-coloured white & speckled brown seeds. No longer commercially available, but was once carried by Semences Laval before its dissolution.
Tongue of Fire 70 days to snap stage, 90 to dry stage A French horticultural-type bean, excellent as a shell bean or dry bean. Pods are flaming magenta-striped over green. Original seed was reportedly from Tierra del Fuego and brought to Europe. Seeds are plump and round, and the vines will climb to 4 or 5 feet.
True Red Cranberry 65 days to snap stage, 90 days to dry stage One of the oldest & most rare heirloom bean varieties under cultivation, probably of First Nations origin from what is now the northeast US. Dried beans are plump, shiny and a deep cranberry-red. Can take our cooler short growing season better than most varieties and has a rich flavour unlike any other bean I have tasted. Vigorous climber
Turkey Craw 75 days to snap stage, 90 to dry stage A rare heirloom with a storied pedigree from the Southeast US. Turkey Craw had been found in the 'craw' or 'crop' of a wild turkey shot in the 1800s by a local hunter, who kept the beans and planted them! Very productive, though not early. Long, stringless, meaty pods excellent for canning or freezing. At dry, mature stage, seeds are a unique buff colour with copper-caramel speckles.
Schweizer Riesen Snow Pea Pisum sativum 65 days. Name means ‘Swiss Giant’. An old Swiss variety. Strong-climbing & vigorous variety with large foliage, thick vines and lovely pink & mauve flowers. Generous producer of plump 6-inch pods superbly sweet and crunchy at any stage. Will grow to 8 feet! 28 grams