Slow Food will feature a heritage bean variety to trial in the community this growing season, but we need your help selecting which bean to feature. Read more about the candidates below and vote for the bean that you would like to see for our 2016 Heritage Food Project.
Variety Voting is taking place right here from March 6, 2016 – March 19, 2016.
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Don’t forget to look back at our 2015 Heritage Food Project.
Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean
The Cherokee Trail of Tears bean memorializes the forced relocation of the Cherokee Indians in the mid-nineteenth century. They carried this bean throughout this infamous walk, which became the death march for thousands of Cherokees; hence the Trail of Tears.’
In the face of its poignantly dismal history, the shiny, jet-black seeds are used with pride in many traditional American Indian dishes. The seeds are encased in six-inch, greenish-purple pods. These small attractive beans are dried before consumed, and have a delicious rich flavor.
Long White Greasy Pole Bean
They are called greasy (greazy) because they are hairless (no fuzz) and look shiny.
An historic bean. Greasy beans have been eaten in the southern Appalachians since Europeans first came to the mountains.
Pods are 4-6 inches long. You can eat the pods. They do have strings so need to be “unzipped” before eating. Locals like to dry them into “leather britches”. Leather britches are made by threading a thin string through the pods with many pods on one string. Then hanging the string to dry the beans.
Lazy Housewife Pole Bean
The Lazy Housewife Pole Bean is completely stringless.
First listed in W. Atlee Burpee’s 1888 catalog, “We presume it derives its name, which seems discourteous, from its immense productiveness making it easy to gather…” Brought to America by German immigrants, these beans were so named because they were the first beans to not require destringing!
Can be used as a shell bean as well, and has a superb flavor. Plants bear continuously until frost. One of the oldest documented beans. Very old and very productive. 75-80 days to snap stage. (Snap, Shelly and Dry Bean)