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HEIRLOOM RATTLESNAKE BEANS FOR SALE
Heirloom Rattlesnake Beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris)|
From ancient Southwestern Native Americans.
Heirloom variety. Organically grown. Open pollinated (OP). No GMO (not Genetically Modified).
Original seeds were given to me by my teacher at a class I took at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. It is one of her favorite beans.
Rattlesnake beans are from the Southwestern United States, in particular the Hopi. They were sown with the help of Kokopelli, a mythological being associated with fertility and germination. He endowed each seed with spirit. He plays a flute and carries a pack of seeds on his back, breathing life into each seed that is planted.
Green (Snap) or Dry (Shelled, Mature) Bean|
This is a pole or climbing bean. It has lots of beans per amount of leaves that it grows...a very good producer. Easy to grow. They can be eaten green raw but pods are better if cooked. Or let go to full maturity and use as a dry or shell bean. The beans are tender when cooked.
The pods are green with brownish-purple lengthwise stipling or streaking. The pods are 7-8 inches long. It has strings.
The beans are somewhat small and oblong. They are light creamy brown with dark brown speckles or streaks. It is in the Pinto bean family.
Growing Fall Beans: Easy to Grow|
Sow after danger of frost is over (late spring, usually late May). Soak beans for 1-2 hours before sowing. Sow 1 inch deep, 3-4 inches apart in rows 3-4 feet apart.
Germinates in about 10 days. Thin to 6-8 inches apart.
Likes full sun. Likes soil pH 5.5-6.5 but is not picky. It does not need rich soil. The roots are shallow.
Pole Beans that Really Produce|
Pole (climbing) beans need a fence or trellis to grow on. Or grow with corn and the bean plants climb the corn stalk.
An annual that matures in 10-11 weeks (73 days). The plant produces beans until first frost in fall.
A very good, prolific producer. You get a lot of beans from one plant.
Rattlesnake Beans Southernwestern Style|
One southwestern recipe for cooking Rattlesnake beans: Soak 2 cups dried rattlesnake beans. Add 2 carrots, 1/2 yellow onion, 2 whole cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, and 1/4 cup tomato paste. Put ingredients in pot and cover with 2 inches of water. Simmer for 1 hour. Delicious.
The beans have a strong, full, somewhat tangy flavor that goes well with American Southwestern and Latin/South American dishes. I love them.
Young pods are great cooked too. When cooked they turn all one shade of green.
Are They Called Rattlesnake Beans?|
They are called Rattlesnake because the bean pods like to curl when they grow. They look a little like a coiled snake when fully mature.
Seeds are harvested in the fall and then dried. Pods can be dried and then shelled by hand or by flailing with a stick. Or shell by hand when the pod is partially dry. After shelling, dry some more and then store.
Easy to grow pole bean. Dual purpose. You can eat the young, green pod cooked like a snap bean. Or shell beans (shellies) late summer and fall. Then dry them for use all winter.
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