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Potawatomi Lima Bean

Botanical Name: Phaseolus lunatus

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# of seeds per packet: 25

Description

100+ days. Lima beans that are tasty eaten dry or as a shelling bean. Vines are vigorous climbing “pole”-type. The beans are amazing in fall when beautiful seeds mottled with black, white and maroon pop out of the shell. This bean’s story is irrevocably linked to the story of the indigenous Potawatomis, who, before European colonization, lived in lower Michigan. As with most native tribes in North America, Potawatomis lost land, lives, culture, and land rights due to European diseases, broken treaties, forced relocation, and genocide. Today many Native American tribes are restoring and celebrating lost food and agricultural traditions. We offer this bean to be able to teach about the history of the peoples and foods of the Great Lakes region as well as to help preserve this bean. We originally sourced our seeds from culinary historian William Woys Weaver, who got them from seed savers Andrew Bucienski and Cynthia Deardorff. Cynthia Deardorff received them from Roger Gustafson who got them in the 1980’s from the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation, Kansas. Try these beans in Succotash, a traditional dish prepared with lima beans and corn. We donate seeds to indigenous peoples who are working to restore food traditions. Limited quantities available. NN

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

 Pole bean vines are vigorous and need something to climb on (trellis, tepee, corn, fruit trees). Sow seeds outside 5/15-6/7 (after soil temp has reached at least 60 °). Sow seeds 1” deep, 3” apart. Protect seedlings from slugs/snails (use caffeinated coffee grounds or organic phosphate based slug bait). Days to germination: 6-16. Protect plants from groundhogs & deer. Plant pole beans on the north side of sun loving plants otherwise bean vines may shade them. Pole beans will keep producing beans until frost if kept picked. Beans perform best if the seeds are inoculated with Bean Inoculant at planting time.

Harvest:

For shelling beans, harvest when beans inside the pod are full size but are still green. For dry beans, wait to harvest beans until pods turn brown. 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

 Beans are an easy seed saving crop because they are primarily self-pollinating. Lima bean varieties will cross with other Lima beans but not with other bean species. Isolation distance: 150 feet between lima bean varieties. Minimum population size: 10 plants. Allow seeds to mature on the vine (pods will become tan and dry). Save seeds only from the best plants. Clean seed as a dry-seeded crop.

 
Potawatomi Lima Bean

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Description

100+ days. Lima beans that are tasty eaten dry or as a shelling bean. Vines are vigorous climbing “pole”-type. The beans are amazing in fall when beautiful seeds mottled with black, white and maroon pop out of the shell. This bean’s story is irrevocably linked to the story of the indigenous Potawatomis, who, before European colonization, lived in lower Michigan. As with most native tribes in North America, Potawatomis lost land, lives, culture, and land rights due to European diseases, broken treaties, forced relocation, and genocide. Today many Native American tribes are restoring and celebrating lost food and agricultural traditions. We offer this bean to be able to teach about the history of the peoples and foods of the Great Lakes region as well as to help preserve this bean. We originally sourced our seeds from culinary historian William Woys Weaver, who got them from seed savers Andrew Bucienski and Cynthia Deardorff. Cynthia Deardorff received them from Roger Gustafson who got them in the 1980’s from the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation, Kansas. Try these beans in Succotash, a traditional dish prepared with lima beans and corn. We donate seeds to indigenous peoples who are working to restore food traditions. Limited quantities available. NN

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

 Pole bean vines are vigorous and need something to climb on (trellis, tepee, corn, fruit trees). Sow seeds outside 5/15-6/7 (after soil temp has reached at least 60 °). Sow seeds 1” deep, 3” apart. Protect seedlings from slugs/snails (use caffeinated coffee grounds or organic phosphate based slug bait). Days to germination: 6-16. Protect plants from groundhogs & deer. Plant pole beans on the north side of sun loving plants otherwise bean vines may shade them. Pole beans will keep producing beans until frost if kept picked. Beans perform best if the seeds are inoculated with Bean Inoculant at planting time.

Harvest:

For shelling beans, harvest when beans inside the pod are full size but are still green. For dry beans, wait to harvest beans until pods turn brown. 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

 Beans are an easy seed saving crop because they are primarily self-pollinating. Lima bean varieties will cross with other Lima beans but not with other bean species. Isolation distance: 150 feet between lima bean varieties. Minimum population size: 10 plants. Allow seeds to mature on the vine (pods will become tan and dry). Save seeds only from the best plants. Clean seed as a dry-seeded crop.

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