Hardy 60cm (24”) tall bushes produce copious pods that stand up well to autumn rains here on the coast. Catch them early as snap beans, before the seeds mature, or allow to dry and harvest five dark red kidney beans from each pod — ideal for chili, soups, or refritos.
Matures in 90-100 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.