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HELP! Can anyone help me, I'm looking for a southern butter bean where the seeds are speckled or might be the actual name, but not sure because it has been many years since I have seen them. I'm not sure if this is an heirloom, but I'm assuming it is. If anyone knows what it is I am talking about or can point me in the right direction on Dave's Garden site I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for the help!
I ran some searches. The best I can come up with is this site. They are selling the beans for cooking, but they would grow. You may have to eat most & plant some. LOL! http://www.southwesternproduce.com/online_sales.htm
Go down on the pictures to find them. Last one in left hand row.
texas/jerry, to answer your other question above, bush beans, whether snaps, lima, butterpea or butterbean tend to produce for a short period of time then quit. Pole beans will produce all thru the season until killed by a frost/freeze. Some varieties will slow down during times of high temps though. If you want an ongoing crop then go with pole beans.
I'm sure I have some speckled butterbeans in my "larder" if you are interested. Let me know how many you are looking for and I'll check the quantity on hand.
Let's see Shoe...If I set up a six foot four pole Tepee and plant four beans around each pole then I could use 16 beans. That will give me enough fresh beans for a couple meals and enough dry ones for next years planting.
Hehehe, I'm sure I can muster up 16 beans, but I think I'll send a few more, just in case some Texas jack rabbits eat bean plants.
Speckled butter beans are very prolific, I'm sure you'll get far more than a few meals. I'll go so far as to say you just may bless me out after too many nights of sitting on your front porch shelling bean after bean after bean. ;>)
Will be in touch. Time for me to head up to the house, content that I was able to sow a couple rows of Purple Hulls and some Northeaster pole snaps today. In a week or so the butter beans and butter peas go in. (And don't worry, Farmerdill, I'll keep the butterpeas isolated from the butter beans!)
Haha. Shoe you just told me something that brought back memories. I remember those LONG days shelling ENDLESS peas and beans on the porch when I was a kid. Now if I were so lucky to have a big bunch it would be in the AC with something on TV.
I also remember some occasional deformed butter peas. Now from your post above I'm thinking they were saved seed crossed with butter beans.
Mornin', Twiggy. Yes, nowadays the AC makes bean shelling a bit more pleasant, eh? Those deformed peas/beans may have been the result of incomplete pollination, or even bugs; I eat them regardless! Love dem beans!
Woke up to rain here today, perfect to jumpstart my bean crop. What a nice Spring we've been having here this year. I hope everyone else is enjoying theirs, too.
I planted a big long row of Dragon Tongue beans this year. Probably plant another row or two later. They are a wax been, but you can also leave them for shelling. They get big & ugly. Yellow with purple streaks. They are fabulous cooked. Everybody that tried them came back for more. They said they were the best fresh beans they ever ate.
I found this picture, but they must be dry because fresh are much brighter.
Purty beans, Bernie. I grew those several years back. Not sure if I saved seeds or not but they were pretty tasty. I really need to put up some more trellises here and there for beans, I'd sure like to stand up and pick much better than doing the "constant crouch" for bush beans!
texasrockgarden, looks like Shoe has you all set for speckled butter beans! However to answer your question, I don't think membership is required to order from Southern Exposure. I have ordered from them, and never been a member.