Potawatomi Lima Bean

Nature & Nurture Seeds

Phaseolus lunatus

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Pkt(≈20 seeds)

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 indigenous Potawatomis, who, before European colonization, lived and flourished 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 encourage each of us to work to right the legacies of racism. 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 the seeds from Roger Gustafson of Boone County, IL. The seeds were given to him in the 1980's by a member of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation, Kansas. (We previously incorrectly said that the seeds came from the Potawatomi Nation of Wisconsin). We donate seeds to indigenous peoples who are working to restore food traditions. Limited quantities available.

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.