Beans are a staple food for many people in the world. From navy beans, to kidney beans, to pinto beans, to brown beans, to black beans, the number of dry bean varieties that exist seem to be endless! All dry bean varieties can be eaten as fresh green beans as well but they must be picked very early as the pods get fibrous rapidly compared to those selected for eating as fresh beans. The beans here are listed somewhat in order from earliest to latest.
Jim’s father and grandfather were growing Great Northern in the thirties. It is a large, flat, white bean, the earliest we grow but unfortunately not a heavy yielder.Beans / Dry Beans
Arikara Yellow, grown by the First Nations people of the Dakotas, is almost as early as Great Northern and a much better producer. The round slim pods have five or six light yellow-brown seeds.Beans / Dry Beans
Jacob’s Cattle has long pods containing large kidney-shaped seeds that are white with irregular red splotches.
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Kahl is a yellow-green bean shaped like a navy bean but almost twice as large. They are our fastest cooking beans. A few days later than Great Northern.Beans / Dry Beans
Norwegian Brown looks like a smaller, skinnier kidney bean. It is earlier than any kidney bean we have tried.Beans / Dry Beans
Dutch Brown has plump, oval, light golden-brown seeds.Beans / Dry Beans
Low’s Champion is considered to be an all-purpose bean — snap, fresh or dry shell. The medium length flat pods produce round red seeds.Beans / Dry Beans
Black Coco has medium-sized, round, solid black seeds that cook up wonderfully soft. When cooked, the seeds resemble large puffed up raisins or small round chocolates.Beans / Dry Beans
Orca bean is also known as Yin Yang or Calypso. The seeds are half black, half white with one or two black dots in the white portion of the seed. A lovely round dry bean that apparently comes from Mexico.Beans / Dry Beans
Pepa de Zapallo is a beautiful bean originally from Chile. Large flattened kidney shape seed, golden colour with maroon swirls. Can be used as a fresh shelling bean or as a dry bean.Beans / Dry Beans
Flageolet is a slim white to light green bean that is used in all French dry bean dishes.Beans / Dry Beans
Painted Pony has slim pods you might try as a snap bean when they are young. Seeds are white at one end and brown at the other with slightly more brown than white.Beans / Dry Beans
Mitla Black has sprawling plants and slender pods with small dull black seeds. The seed came to us as a so-called tepary, however, it is in fact not a tepary bean but rather a regular dry bean.Beans / Dry Beans
Oaxacan Black bean has sprawling plants like Mitla Black and slender pods with small black shiny seeds. Seeds are low in fibre and good as refried beans. From the Oaxaca area of Mexico.Beans / Dry Beans
Navy is a small round white bean often used in pork and beans.
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Red Peanut produces a heavy yield of small red beans that look like Spanish peanuts. The pods go from green (immature) to red (mature) to purple (dry). These beans are all a few days later than Great Northern.Beans / Dry Beans
Canadian Wild Goose has very early productive plants with short runners producing a small seed that is whitish with gray speckles.Beans / Dry Beans
Magpie is fairly early, has long slim pods and long narrow seeds. The seeds are about half black and half white with the two colours coming together in the middle by way of speckling.Beans / Dry Beans
Appaloosa is very similar to Magpie except for the colour of the seed and it is a bit earlier than Magpie. It has long slim pods and long narrow seeds. Appaloosa is white at one end and mottled purplish brown at the other.Beans / Dry Beans
Big Red is our favourite kidney bean. It is a large, flat, dark red bean.Beans / Dry Beans
Canadian Wonder (pre-1873) can be used as a snap bean when young. The red kidney shaped seeds mature early for a kidney bean.Beans / Dry Beans
Red Kidney is traditional kidney bean size and shape like Pink Kidney but it is a bit earlier than Pink Kidney.
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Pink Kidney is a traditional kidney bean size and shape like Red Kidney but it is a bit later than Red Kidney.Beans / Dry Beans
Agassiz Pinto is a compact bush type pinto that is very early. Pinto beans are popular for ethnic cooking.Beans / Dry Beans