Thick, flat, oval, cream and red pods average around 15cm (6") in length, and house seeds that are buff splashed with dark red. Taylor Horticultural drying beans seeds produce dwarf, semi-runner plants that do well in cool climates and only grow to 35-45cm (14-18") tall. When immature, the pods make nice snap beans, but the primary use is for shell beans or drying beans. When cooked, they have an appealing creamy texture and mild, nutty flavour that blends well with stronger flavours like chiles, and garlic, so they make superior refritos. The dried beans are easy to extract from the pods for winter storage, making them an economical crop and a fun project to get kids involved with.
Taylor Dwarf Horticultural beans have been grown in North America since the early 1800s. The strain was probably brought to America by Italian immigrants.
Matures in 80 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)
Dry beans are an ecologically sound foodstuff in today’s world. Being a bean, they produce at least part of their own nitrogen supply with the help of symbiotic bacteria, which live in the soil. Dry beans are one of the easiest crops to produce organically. Dry beans are an excellent source of protein when combined with whole grains, nuts or small amounts of poultry or fish. Dried beans also contain fibre and minerals (remember to discard the soaking and cooking water to reduce flatulence). Continue reading below for to learn how to grow dry beans from seed.