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

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

Gardeners' Notes:

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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.