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.
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
- Good Morning Stallard = 2 lbs.
Sweeter meaty flavor, great for soups
- Speckled Cranberry = 10 oz.
From England, a triple purpose bean,
(snap bean, green shell, dried bean).
- Hidatsa Shield Figure = 2 lbs. 3 oz.
From the Hidatsa tribe of North Dakota.
- Brockton Horticulture = 1 lb., 14 oz.
Took longer to cook,
nutty flavor, from Brockton, Massachusetts.
- Sunset Runner Beans = 2 lb., 5 oz.
Smooth inner meat, chewy skin.
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.
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.
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/ .