This old heirloom has been grown for over 150 years. The plants are “semi-runners,” meaning they grow on bushes that benefit from some support. The plants are super productive. A single plant can produce up to 36 pods, each containing 6-8 seeds. These tasty beans turn from black to dark brown when cooked. This bean is disease resistant, heat resistant, and hardy. Plant a 100 foot row of Black Turtle Drying bean seeds and expect to harvest 80 to 100 lbs of fresh seeds.
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 excellent protein sources when combined with whole grains, nuts or small amounts of meat or fish. Dried beans also contain fibre and minerals (remember to discard the soaking and cooking water to reduce flatulence). Follow along with this handy How to Grow Dry Beans Guide and grow delicious beans for hearty soups all winter long.