Heirloom Bean Seeds (Bush Beans) - Diane's Flower Seeds
Italian Cranberry is a large, tan bean with maroon stripes and speckles. This thin-skinned bean has a nutty flavor and creamy texture. Great for soups, salads and pasta dishes. Use shelled or dry. Also known as Borlotti bean.

Italian heirloom.


Bean 'Jacob's Cattle'
(85 days, shell or dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75               
Jacob's Cattle is one of the oldest heirloom beans. It was a popular choice for New England baked beans before industrialization caused a switch to navy beans. Beautiful, red and white coloring with speckles. Aka. Anasazi bean.

Native American heirloom, Passamaquoddy tribe (probable).


Heirloom Bean Seeds (Bush Beans)

Heirloom beans come in an amazing range of colors and flavors that you simply can't find at the grocery store. Beans are the jewels of the garden!

Sowing Bush Bean Seeds

Sow outdoors 2 weeks after the last frost date when the soil is warm. Sow 1" deep and 3" apart in rows spaced 2-3' apart. Full sun. Phaseolus vulgaris.


Bean 'Black Coco'
(60-90 days, snap, shell or dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75                    
Black Coco is a very large, shiny, black turtle bean with a creamy texture and a hint of smoky flavor. It is wonderful in soups, stews and Mexican dishes. The dark color means extra antioxidants. It is also good as a snap or shell bean.

Heirloom.


Bean 'Bumblebee'
(90 days, dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75                 
Bumblebee bean is a family heirloom from Bangor, Maine. These extra large, white beans have a burgundy eye that is shaped like a bumblebee in flight. The rich flavor and creamy texture makes it perfect for soups and casseroles.

New England family heirloom.


Dragon Tongue bean has 7" flat pods that turn yellow with purple streaks when they are ready to harvest. When the stripes turn red, pick for shell beans. Tender texture and delicious flavor for gourmet chefs. Stringless wax bean.

Dutch heirloom.


Flageolet bean is used in traditional French dishes. It is delicious as a fresh shelled bean, but it can also be dried. The small, pale green seeds have a delicate flavor. They are often served as a simple side dish with fresh herbs.

French heirloom.


Bean 'Dragon Tongue'
(50-70 days, snap or shell bean)

40 seeds   $2.75               
Bean 'Flageolet'
(76 days, shell or dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75               
Arikara Yellow bean originally came from the Arikara tribe of North Dakota and was introduced in 1914 by Oscar Will. It has a yellow-tan color with a brown eye. Delicious for baked beans. The plants are productive and drought tolerant.

Native American heirloom, Arikara tribe.


Bean 'Arikara Yellow'
(85 days, dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75                
Bean 'Peregion'
(95 days, dry bean)

40 seeds   $3.00                     
Peregion is a gorgeous, tan and black-striped bean. These small beans are good for making soups, salads and baked beans. The pattern remains after cooking, and the flavor is milder and creamier than black beans. Productive plants.

Oregon heirloom.


Bean 'Marfax'
(85 days, dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75              
Marfax is a small, golden-brown bean that has a rich, nutty flavor with a hint of molasses. It is highly prized in Maine for making delicious baked beans. It is also good for stews. Adapted to cool climates.

New England heirloom.


Bean 'Lina Sisco's Bird Egg'
(85 days, shell or dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75                
Lina Sisco's Bird Egg bean is named for the woman who saved this family heirloom, which was grown by her pioneer grandmother. The large, tan beans have maroon markings. They can be used shelled or dry. Very productive.

Missouri family heirloom.


Bean 'King of the Early'
(85 days, dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75               
King of the Early is a large, red bean with beige stripes. The robust flavor is perfect for hearty chili, soups and stews. It is early-ripening and dependable. This fine heirloom first appeared in seed catalogs over a century ago.

American heirloom.


Bean 'Italian Cranberry'
(90 days, shell or dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75
Bean 'Painted Pony'
(55-85 days, snap, shell or dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75    
Painted Pony is a multi-purpose bean that can snapped, shelled or dried. The long, thin pods are stringless when young. The seeds retain their markings when cooked. Productive plants.

Heirloom.


Bean 'Royal Burgundy'
(55 days, snap bean)

40 seeds   $2.75                
Royal Burgundy is a 6" long, purple-podded snap bean. The color makes it easy to find and harvest in the garden. The beans turn deep green when cooked. It's an excellent choice for fresh eating, canning and freezing. Easy to grow.

Open-pollinated.


Bean 'Scarlet Beauty'
(70-90 days, shell or dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75         
Scarlet Beauty is a large, bright red bean with beige stripes. The kidney-shaped beans have a rich flavor that is perfect for chili or beans and rice. It was bred by Elwyn Meader of New Hampshire. Can be dried or used as a shell bean.

American heirloom, 1953.


Bean 'Soldier'
(85 days, dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75                
Soldier bean is a traditional baking bean from New England. The white, kidney-shaped beans have a maroon eye that is said to look like a soldier standing at attention. Mild flavor. Adapted to cool climates. Drought resistant.

New England heirloom, 1800's.


Bean 'Sulfur'
(85 days, dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75                 
Sulfur bean is a rare heirloom with a pale, sulphur-yellow color. It is finicky to grow and low-yielding, but it is highly prized for its creamy, delicate flavor. Cooks quickly. Season with fresh herbs.

Heirloom.


Bean 'Tiger's Eye'
(85 days, shell or dry bean)

40 seeds   $3.00                             
Tiger's Eye bean is a rare heirloom with a rich flavor and creamy texture. It makes wonderful baked beans or refried beans. It can used shelled or dry. This beautiful bean originated in Chile or Argentina.

South American heirloom.


Bean 'Vermont Appaloosa'
(60-85 days, snap or dry bean)

40 seeds   $3.00                     
Vermont Appaloosa can be eaten as a snap bean, but it is more often dried. The mild flavor and firm texture makes it good for chili, soups and refried beans. The seeds are white mottled with purple and brown like an appaloosa pony.

Heirloom.


Vermont Cranberry is a beautiful, red-mottled bean that can be shelled or dried. The sweet and earthy flavor makes it good for many different dishes. It is a reliable grower that is adapted to cool climates.

New England heirloom, 1700's.


Bean 'Vermont Cranberry'
(60-85 days, shell or dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75                         
Yellow Eye bean is a traditional favorite for making New England baked beans. The flavor is rich and savory. This versatile bean is good for soups, salads and side dishes. Native Americans used it to make hulled corn soup.

Native American heirloom.

Pole Beans

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Bean 'Yellow Eye'
(85 days, dry bean)

40 seeds   $2.75                         
Bean 'Black Coco'
Bean 'Arikara Yellow'
Bean 'Bumblebee'
Bean 'Dragon Tongue'
Bean 'Flageolet'
Bean 'Italian Cranberry'
Bean 'Jacob's Cattle'
Bean 'King of the Early'
Bean 'Lina Sisco's Bird Egg'
Bean 'Marfax'
Bean 'Painted Pony'
Bean "Peregion'
Bean 'Scarlet Beauty'
Bean 'Soldier'
Bean 'Sulphur'
Bean 'Tiger's Eye'
Bean 'Vermont Appaloosa'
Bean 'Vermont Cranberry'
Bean 'Yellow Eye'
Bean 'Royal Burgundy'