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Dried Pole Beans

It has been a long time since I finished my harvest of dried beans.   They have all been shelled, sorted, and weighed.

All the pole beans are planted under tripods and trained to climb on twine.  Each planting consisted of 9 beans, planted 3 on a side.

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In addition to the pole beans I have planted other years, this year I added 6 new varieties.   They where selected based on their bean size.  (It is easier to shell large beans.) 

Here is their yield and some basic characteristics.

  • True Red Cranberry = 1 lb, 10 oz
    Similar to kidney bean flavor
    from the Abnaki Indians of Maine

trueredcranberry

 

  • Good Morning Stallard = 2 lbs.
    Sweeter meaty flavor, great for soups

goodmorningstallard

 

  • Speckled Cranberry = 10 oz.
    From England, a triple purpose bean,
    (snap bean, green shell, dried bean).

speckledcranberry

 

  • Hidatsa Shield Figure = 2 lbs. 3 oz.
    From the Hidatsa tribe of North Dakota.

hidatsashieldfigure

 

  • Brockton Horticulture = 1 lb., 14 oz.
    Took longer to cook,
    nutty flavor, from Brockton, Massachusetts.

brocktonhorticulture

 

  • Sunset Runner Beans = 2 lb., 5 oz.
    Smooth inner meat, chewy skin.

sunsetrunner

 

All total I harvested over 13 pounds of dried beans to be used in soups and other recipes.    For storage they where sealed in vacuum bags.

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While separating some of the beans to be used next year for planting I discovered that the beans I harvested are not the same shade as the beans I planted. 

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In this picture of 2 varieties, the beans on the left of each group are the beans that I planted.  The beans on the right of each group are the beans I harvested.    For some reason they have lost their dark tan coloring.  Next year I will plant some of the original beans and some of my harvested beans.  It will be interesting to see what I get.   Is the change because of my growing conditions or have my beans cross pollinated and changed.

 

The seeds I planted came from http://www.seedsavers.org/ .

One Response to “Dried Pole Beans”

  1. Vincent says:

    From a reader via email.
    I just wanted to say that my dried beans turned out similar. I didn\’t think they would cross pollinate and mine were bush beans planted by the rows. They weren\’t all different. Some looked the same and some were a totally different color. That was only on the horticulture type beans though – the pintos, butterscotch and those black and white ones did fine.
    Strange. Interested to find out what you find out.
    The Organic Fanatic

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