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Dry Beans


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.

Great Northern

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Arikara Yellow

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Jacob’s Cattle

Jacob’s Cattle has long pods containing large kidney-shaped seeds that are white with irregular red splotches.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Kahl

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Norwegian Brown

Norwegian Brown looks like a smaller, skinnier kidney bean. It is earlier than any kidney bean we have tried.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Dutch Brown

Dutch Brown has plump, oval, light golden-brown seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Low’s Champion

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Black Coco

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Pepa de Zapallo

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Flageolet

Flageolet is a slim white to light green bean that is used in all French dry bean dishes.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Painted Pony

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Navy

Navy is a small round white bean often used in pork and beans.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Red Peanut

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Canadian Wild Goose

Canadian Wild Goose has very early productive plants with short runners producing a small seed that is whitish with gray speckles.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Magpie

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Appaloosa

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Big Red Kidney

Big Red is our favourite kidney bean. It is a large, flat, dark red bean.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Canadian Wonder

Canadian Wonder (pre-1873) can be used as a snap bean when young. The red kidney shaped seeds mature early for a kidney bean.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Red Kidney

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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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Pink Kidney

Pink Kidney is a traditional kidney bean size and shape like Red Kidney but it is a bit later than Red Kidney.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Agassiz Pinto

Agassiz Pinto is a compact bush type pinto that is very early. Pinto beans are popular for ethnic cooking.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Mexican Pinto

Mexican Pinto is a few days later and a heavy yielder with a very sprawling growth habit. Pinto beans are popular for ethnic cooking.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
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