2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

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2023 continuation.

Red Rooster - Australian borlotto type bean.

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Rassacher Kipfler from Steiermark, Austria.
I fell in love with kipfler beans. Attractive pods appearance and incredible fertility. I have several other varieties and I will grow them regularly.

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Monachello di Esino Lario from Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. Freshly shelled seeds were more pink in color.

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Murusieddu Rosso from Sarconi, Basilicata, Italy.

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Just GORGEOUS! :th
 

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@Artorius,

You sent me Murusieddu Rossa I think. Is the one you sent the same bean and I have the spelling wrong? I have Rossa instead of Rosso. Is there a difference.

Maybe the spelling depends on whether the name is masculine or feminine. I noticed that "rossa" occurs with names ending in "a", such as Tuvagliedda Rossa, Bala Rossa or Panzaredda Rossa. This is just my guess because I don't know the rules of the Italian language.
 
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I don't remember if anyone remembers me talking about a network package from the Netherlands in late November. Well it finally arrived two days ago and it did go through the USDA inspection station in New Jersey. The grower had found that it came back to them because the mailing address had been messed up in transit. The grower sent it the second time and now I have the package. The grower returned 8 varieties and the seed was just beautiful. The grower told me it really wasn't even a good bean growing year. Too much rain. I would have liked to have had some of their too much rain last summer. I even used three of the beans to update new photos on the website yesterday. 1. Blue Gold Star 2. Fat Man and 3. Maria Amazilitei.
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Blue Gold Star..................................................................Fat Man

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Maria Amazilitei
 
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Some of the other beans that I got at Seedy Sunday.
Isabel I found described online as "...an improved Westland prized by the Dutch". I think the Costa Rican beans come from Greta's Family Garden in Ottawa; that's a guess, but I haven't seen a bean with that name anywhere but there. I believe the Alti bean is from an Italian man whose family brought it here many, many moons ago (lots of Italians came here to work in the mines), and he's kept it going for many years since. The Mexican ones are a mystery, my first guess would be that someone who vacationed there in winter found them at a market and brought them back. They are notably bigger than the average arid climate beans I've seen. All are going into the 'grow someday' box.
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@Blue-Jay ,
I think we are in for a rainy Spring.

so far it has been perfect as far as rains here. just enough. normal would be on the wetter side. last year we had that prolonged dry spell which kept me watering regularly, but the beans turned out well (the garlic on the other hand... meh...)...
 

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These three beans were given to me by an SSE member last September. He is from Stanwood, Iowa and occassionally drives his wife to O'hare internationl airport for trips she might take from time to time. He stopped by my house on his way back home. While he was here he gave me some of his over production of some bean varieties. Three of these beans I didn't have. He gave me a full pint jar of each of these three beans.

The first one he called it simply Italian. He likes the bean very much. It's a stringless snap pole bean. It has been his go to snap for a number of years.

The second one is Hopi Black pole dry bean. It's prolific producer of small black beans and he says they have a short cooking time and he loves the flavor.

Third beans is Flor De Junio - Pole dry bean. June Flower. Here is what he had to say about this bean in his own words. "I bought a handful of these gorgeous cream/pink/purple marbled beans in a market in Guadalajara, Mexico in November of 2021. I planted in a row expecting bush beans but they needed support and climbed to the top of 8 foot poles. I was also surprised that they were not day-length sensitive and did extremely well in Iowa. They can also be mashed into a creamy smooth mixture and served with salsa or used as a bean dip." This bean's color pattern reminds of Yome Pastel Eye and the Tarahumara Purple Ojos.


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Italian - Pole Snap

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Hopi Black - Pole Dry

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Flor De Junio - Pole Dry




 

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@Blue-Jay your friend grows very nice looking seed! If you grow these in the upcoming season, it'll be interesting to see what kind of pods the white seeds grow. I have found Italian snap beans to be excellent, they seem to have really figured out the secret sauce for succulent, tender green beans.

I was disappointed that the Ecuadorean beans sent to me by a seed requester last year did not even produce flowers. I haven't done any research into the climate of Ecuador but I think it has to do with day length sensitivity, if I recall correctly he had messaged me while he was still actually there, and called the place 'land of eternal spring'. So, they may never grow where I live. The seeds were just gorgeous though, perfectly formed.
 
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