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Heirloom Greasy Beans|
Heirloom variety. Organically grown. Open pollinated (OP). No GMO (not Genetically Modified). You can plant your saved seed.
Original seeds were given to me by a southern Appalachian local who has been handing them down in his family for generations. Never commercialized.
The beans are small- to medium-sized, and creamy colored.
"You sell my beloved Greasy Beans. Thank you very much for the hard work you do to keep this bean alive!" -Jo Anna, Ozark, Missouri
Pods and Leather Britches|
Pods are 4-6 inches long.
You can eat the pods. They do have strings so need to be "unzipped" before eating.
Locals like to dry them into "leather britches". Leather britches are made by threading a thin string through the pods with many pods on one string. Then hanging the string to dry the beans.
"From one heirloom fanatic to another, I'm glad to be able to support a local farm." -Kristopher, Stockbridge, Georgia
Old-Timey Greasy Pole Beans|
They are called greasy (greazy) because they are hairless (no fuzz) and look shiny.
An historic bean. Greasy beans have been eaten in the southern Appalachians since Europeans first came to the mountains.
Easy to grow pole bean. Dual purpose. You can eat the young, green pod like a snap bean.
Or shell beans (shellies) late summer and early fall. Then dry to use all winter.
Harvested from my garden in western North Carolina in the southern Appalachian mountains.
Here is a seedling just coming up. You can see the 2 seed leaves (cotyledons) and the first 2 true leaves.
The other plant with it is Yarrow, a medicinal herb.
"Thank you!! I just placed my order. My friend will be so surprised I found her some Greasy beans!!!" -Connie, Whittier, California
"I'm from western North Carolina and have been hankering for Greasy Beans something fierce." -Bob, Grants Pass, Oregon
Growing Beans: Great for Everyone
Soak beans for 1-2 hours before sowing to speed up germination (optional).
Sow after last frost (late spring, usually mid to late May depending on your USDA Hardiness Zone). You can go online and type in ‘last frost date’. Do not plant earlier because the weather and soil is too cold for beans to sprout successfully.
Sow 1 inch deep, 3-4 inches apart in rows 3-4 feet apart.
Germinates in 10 days. Thin to about 6-8 inches apart. Beans first start becoming ripe in about 90 days. They keep producing until frost.
Likes full sun. It does not need rich soil. The roots are shallow so water if dry weather.
The second and third photos are from Ron.
"Excited to eat my first batch of your greasy beans. Didn't know if they would grow this far north, but here's the proof! Cooked up a small batch last week and they were wicked tasty!" -Ron, Falmouth, Maine
"These are the best tasting bean we have eaten. We were so sad when we lost our seed and are so glad you have them." -Kevin, White Heath, Illinois
"I have looked for a few years trying to find the Greasy Beans I loved as a child. I'm looking forward to the next planting season." -Linda, Acworth, Georgia
"I got greasy beans from you this year and had a great harvest, best yield of any beans I have ever planted. Thank you." -Janie, Christiana, PA
|Cooking Greasy Beans Country Style|
The traditional way of cooking these beans is by boiling them in water with a little salt and some pork fat.
Some people cook them only a little while so they have some brightness to the pod.
Others cook the shelled beans for 4-8 hours.
More About Appalachian Greasy Beans
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