100 days to dry stage. This is a real dedication to Acadian heirlooms, passed on through many hands and gardens in a small area from Cape Spear to Port Elgin, NB and eventually to Hope Seeds from Theodore Duguay of Cap-Pele. It is believed to be originally from the early local natives who shared it with Acadian settlers in the area. Since many of the natives and Acadians intermarried, the bean was passed around the local community and was at one time quite popular. Today, there are few natives left in the area and the bean is now referred to as an Acadian heirloom. Vines reach about 3-4' and produce green pods with white, robust kidney-shaped seeds with an irregular tan-coloured splotch flecked with reddish-brown around the hilum. I grew this in the corn patch this past summer (started the corn early, planted the beans a few weeks later) and the stalks made excellent supports holding the pods up out of wet soil. An excellent soup bean that maintains its colour when cooked. ~ 30-50 seeds/25g
Grown by Peter Gerber and Family of Community Produce in Richmond Corner, NB.