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Your Own Black Turtle Beans|
Organic, heirloom. Open pollinated (OP). No GMO (not Genetically Modified). You can plant your saved seed.
A small, shiny black bean that grows on a bush. Easy to grow.
It is very popular in Latin American dishes where they are called simply "black beans". An earthy bean that is full of flavor. Native to Mexico.
Pods, Dry Pods|
The mature pods are thin, long and purple. Young green pods are tender and good to eat.
The dry pods are brown and easy to shell. Save some beans for eating over the winter and planting in the spring.
High in fiber, folate (folic acid), calcium, protein (21%), iron, and magnesium. Rich in antioxidants. A bean that is good for your health.
"I first ordered a quarter cup of Black Turtle beans to see how your seeds would germinate. Every seed came up. I just ordered another half cup to finish my garden." -Leslie, Milton, Florida
Black Bean Dishes|
Black Turtle Beans are frequently eaten in Latin America (frijol negros), Mexico, Cuba, Caribbean, and in south Louisiana (Cajun and Creole). In China the bean is fermented.
Used in vegetarian recipes since they have a meaty texture. A good bean for soups. Or use the juice from cooked beans to make soup. Used to make refried beans.
Soak beans for 12 hours or overnight. Add 4 cups of water to 1 cup of dried beans. Simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until soft. Often served with rice.
Growing Black Beans|
A tender annual. Sow after last frost (late spring, usually mid to late May). You can sow every 10 days to have a constant harvest of beans.
Sow about 1 inch deep, 4-6 inches apart in rows about 2 feet apart.
Germinates in 7-10 days. Likes a somewhat warm soil to germinate (65-85 degrees).
Likes full sun. Prefers well drained, slightly acid (pH 6-7), and somewhat fertile soil.
Water lightly when you plant the seeds; medium amounts of water when flowering; plenty of water during harvest time.
Matures in 85-115 days. Determinate (plant stops growing at a certain size). Grows to 18-24 inches tall. Pods mature about the same time (within a few weeks of each other).
When pods are full and some leaves start to yellow, do not water anymore. You can let dry on bush.
Heat and disease resistant. Very productive.
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