- Oct 2, 2021
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Dibramo was the family name of the guy who gave the bean to Chris Malik in Connecticut. Chris gave the bean to Dar Jones and either Dar or Victory Seeds named it Sicitalian Black Swamp. The guy was either Italian or Sicilian but not both so Chris calls it Dibramo. I tend to follow his lead in casual conversation but list it in SSE by the more common name.Been there, done that... sometimes dodging raindrops in the process. "Dibramo"? I remember reading about the "Sicitalian Black Swamp" beans & being curious about them, but was scared away by descriptions of them being long season. Now I notice that Sandhill describes it as well adapted to Northern climates...? I may need to try it one of these years.
Dar & had a couple exchanges. He was also the source for the pole bean "Blue Marbutt" and runner bean "Gigandes", both of which I still grow. "Blue Marbutt" (another black-seeded bean) is over-due for replenishment, I will probably be growing it in 2022. Dar is a small-scale commercial bean seed grower & very knowledgeable about beans... I wish he would pop in here. He dropped out of GW (as did many after the site was sold) but still posts on HG.
This is my latest bean by far and also the only bean I can never promise is pure because I have the best chance of ripening it in my community garden plot. It's really nice though and does well for Chris. The black beans are quite large!
I used to talk to Dar on IRC all the time and we used to swap maple syrup for his fancy southern honeys. Mmm! He's also the reason I went looking for muscadine grapes this last summer when I was down south. Also mmm.