2022 Little Easy Bean Network - We Are Beans Without Borders

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Fedco certainly gives that impression! "These are the beans served at Sagadahoc MOFGA’s famous baked bean, switchel and cider booth at the Common Ground Country Fair. This chapter had vended at all 42 fairs?— selling baked beans since 1996— until the pandemic. After a two-year fair hiatus, they were back at it in 2022! Heirloom resembling Swedish Brown Bean, but earlier and higher yielding. Richly flavored brown baking bean very well adapted to our cool climate."

Marfax is the one we used in our first-ever baked beans. Can confirm, they were very very good! :) (and they are very good in just plain water)
Thank you @meadow! It was probably Fedco that I read about Marfax making a good baked bean. Thanks for sharing your experience with the bean, too. I'm excited to try it.
 

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During my Christmas vacation I managed to take some more pics of beans from 2022.

Tarahumara Dark Purple - pole.This year I sowed seeds harvested in 2021 and the beans grew great. The vast majority of the pods dried on the bushes. The color of the seeds is also better than in the previous season.

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Wachtelbohne aus Unterfranken - pole. Extremely fertile bean. I received the seeds from the association Bamberger Sortengarten, Bamberg, Germany.

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Tuvagliedda Nera - pole.

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Nasieddu Rosso Cannellino - bush. Bean from the collection of Domenico Belisario, Sarconi, Italy. I had very few seeds, but now I have much more :)

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Happy New Year !!!

Happy New Year @Artorius! Amazing photos of great beans - wow! Do you polish your beans? They look so good.
 

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Well thanks! 😊 I have very little space in my garden, so I have never grown beans, but I want to try sprouting them and eating the sprouts! What do you think of this idea?
Welcome @Dahlia! I have grown sprouts many times (usually from a purchased mix) and there are often mung beans mixed in. Typically the cotyledon of the seed will get used up by the sprout and the seed coat rinsed away before you eat the sprouts. You can certainly sprout common beans also, but I think the sprout could get quite large before the cotyledon is used up. You might end up eating a mix of sprouts and bean seed. I think there are some types of beans that are unsafe to eat raw and I'm not sure which ones. If you could find out which ones are safe or cook with them, I think it should be fine.
 
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Your Sulphur look quite different from those that I know (and grow). Do they become really sulphurous-yellow after some days?
The ones I have look very much like the yellow ones on the picture below ('borrowed' from bohnen-atlas.de as I can't upload my own photos at the moment).
You're right, @BeanieQueen - those do not look like mine. I haven't noticed any significant yellowing, but this is the first year I have grown them. You can see in the photo below of the seed I planted and the seed I harvested - there does not seem to be much difference in color. Has anyone else grown these for the network?

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Actually you might be able to grow this one. Ping Zebra is later in maturity than beans like this stablized cross that you were given. Try two seeds next season and start them early like you do with your pole beans. You might be in for a big surprise.

I wonder what was that lima that I sent that grower in southern Ontario? If I knew I might dig out that lima next summer and do some growing of it. Email me their name and I can go look for their seed order. I've got a record of seed orders back to about 10 years.
Really!? That's good news, because I really like this bean! I'm not 100% sure, but I think the original mother bean was called Ganymede, because Callisto is the name of the second largest moon of Jupiter after Ganymede. I thought she had mentioned something about that as to the reason for the name.
 

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During my Christmas vacation I managed to take some more pics of beans from 2022.

Tarahumara Dark Purple - pole.This year I sowed seeds harvested in 2021 and the beans grew great. The vast majority of the pods dried on the bushes. The color of the seeds is also better than in the previous season.

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Wachtelbohne aus Unterfranken - pole. Extremely fertile bean. I received the seeds from the association Bamberger Sortengarten, Bamberg, Germany.

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Tuvagliedda Nera - pole.

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Nasieddu Rosso Cannellino - bush. Bean from the collection of Domenico Belisario, Sarconi, Italy. I had very few seeds, but now I have much more :)

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Happy New Year !!!
Is this Watchelbohne the same as the one you sent me @Artorius ? I know I wouldn't have put that whole name on a tag because it wouldn't fit, I may have shortened it. Our beans look the same too. I don't recall what the paper insert in the packet said now, all I remember was the word Watchelbohne.
 

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Well thanks! 😊 I have very little space in my garden, so I have never grown beans, but I want to try sprouting them and eating the sprouts! What do you think of this idea?
I've only ever tried mung beans as sprouts, which are yummy, but I've never tried P. vulgaris beans that way. Might be something neat to try. I tried sunflower seed sprouts and they were surprisingly tasty, with quite a strong flavor. You never know what might taste good as sprouts.
 

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Well thanks! 😊 I have very little space in my garden, so I have never grown beans, but I want to try sprouting them and eating the sprouts! What do you think of this idea?

I don't know how most of these larger beans would taste. Most bean sprouts are done with mung, adzuki beans and chickpeas. I think for myself I just as soon stew beans and make soup out of them.
 

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Ordered this lima called "Romance" from Sandhill Preservation Center in Iowa. This bean was one of the Curt Burroughs limas that I believe he bred. I have gotten some interesting limas that Curt bred including some variations of Ping Zebra, Empress, and Snowstorm. The fellow who owns Sanhill sometimes loses varieties to rabbits. I don't think he take precausions against animals. Curt had passed a number of beans to him and Sandhill lost all of them. I thought I get this bean while it was still available.

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Romance - Pole Lima
 
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