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PlantFiles: Dry Shelling Bean
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Akahana Mame'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Akahana Mame

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 days

Bloom Color:

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive motleycat On Sep 22, 2010, motleycat from Bristol UK
United Kingdom wrote:

I bought these in Japan, and planted some in England. They are vigourous growers and continue late into the autumn. They are intended to be dried, then soaked and cooked with sugar and soya sauce. However, we have shelled them when pink in the pod, cooked them and eaten warm or cold with olive oil and a dash of vinegar. They are delicious

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 3, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Deep red beans dappled with black and purple.

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