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Potawatomi Lima Bean

Botanical Name: Phaseolus lunatus

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# of seeds per packet: 25

Description

Gorgeous lima beans that are tasty eaten dry or as a shelling bean. Vines are vigorous climbing “pole”-type. Beans are a real treasure in fall, when 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 lived in lower Michigan before European colonization. As with most native tribes in North America, many Potawatomis lost lives, culture, and land rights due to European diseases, forced relocation, and genocide. Today many Native American tribes are restoring and celebrating lost food and agricultural traditions. We sourced our seed from culinary historian William Woys Weaver, who got them from Andrew Bucienski so these bean seeds originate with the Potawatomi Nation of Wisconsin. Try these beans in Succotash, a traditional dish prepared with lima beans and corn. We offer this bean to teach about the real history of the peoples and foods of the Great Lakes region as well as to help preserve this bean. Seeds grown by Nature and Nurture Seeds. Limited quantities available. 

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

Gorgeous lima beans that are tasty eaten dry or as a shelling bean. Vines are vigorous climbing “pole”-type. Beans are a real treasure in fall, when 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 lived in lower Michigan before European colonization. As with most native tribes in North America, many Potawatomis lost lives, culture, and land rights due to European diseases, forced relocation, and genocide. Today many Native American tribes are restoring and celebrating lost food and agricultural traditions. We sourced our seed from culinary historian William Woys Weaver, who got them from Andrew Bucienski so these bean seeds originate with the Potawatomi Nation of Wisconsin. Try these beans in Succotash, a traditional dish prepared with lima beans and corn. We offer this bean to teach about the real history of the peoples and foods of the Great Lakes region as well as to help preserve this bean. Seeds grown by Nature and Nurture Seeds. Limited quantities available. 

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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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