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Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean) 'Turkey Craw'

Phaseolus vulgaris

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

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Climbing

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Days to Maturity:

81 to 90 days

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fedscreek, Kentucky

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Sep 14, 2015, CajuninKy from Biggs, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew these for the first time this year after getting the seeds from a swap in Pike County Ky. I have a small garden and grew twelve plants in a bed made from a tire with a teepee made from sticks for a support. They grew like crazy and it did not take long before they were outgrowing their 8foot tall teepee. They produced an amazing amount of beans in big pods and were delicious. I saved seeds and will definitely be growing them again.

Neutral

On Nov 4, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Stringless, and excellent fresh flavor. [Heirloom from Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.] According to folklore, this variety was cultivated after a hunter shot a turkey, and removed a bean from the craw. The bean was later planted and saved, hence the derivation of the name 'Turkey Craw'. Often used as a cornfield bean. Good canned. Similar to other beans for freezing and drying quality ('leather britches on a shuck'). Pods grow 3-1/2 to 4 in. long and cling to the vines. Seeds are buff, frosted with brown on one end.

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