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Table of bean varieties PDF Print E-mail
Written by Moderator   
Thursday, 08 October 2009 12:15

 

Variety

Country

Creation/Origin

Color

Days to maturity

Description

Akahana Fujimame

Japan, China

Japan

Green

100

This hyacinth bean is a beautiful climbing bean that is grown for ornamental purposes as well as for eating. The pods are flat, thick and curved.

Akahana Mame

Japan

Japan

Deep red color dappled with purple and black

85

This rare and beautiful Japanese bean is also called "flower bean." Grown as a pole bean, this variety produces gorgeous red flowers and pods up to 8" long. The striking 1" beans are a deep red color dappled with purple and black

Akanata Mame

Japan, China

Japan

n/a

70

The beans, which have a ridged edge, are harvested when they are still immature, or when they are roughly 4" long

Akasanjaku

Japan, China

Japan

Red

75

This particular variety of yard long bean produces red seeds inside long, light green pods about the diameter of a pencil and 12"-16" in length

Alicante

Europe, USA

Spain

Green

55

This delicious French filet bush bean produces round, straight 5” pods that are a uniform dark green.

Barlotto Lingua Di Fuoco

Italy, Francee, Spain

Italy

Rd-purple and green speckled pods

50-60

Italian climbing French bean, with attractive red-purple and green speckled pods. This versatile bean can be cropped young

Barnes Mountain Cornfield Bean

USA

Estill County, Kentucky

White seeded

61-70

It is a long white-seeded cornfield bean of exceptional tenderness.

Big John

USA

Letcher County, Kentucky

White seeded

n/a

This white-seeded bean is from the Harlan/Letcher county area in Southeastern Kentucky. It is well known in that area as an excellent fresh bean, canning bean, and shuck bean.

Black Jet

USA, UK, Canada

USA

Black

120 avg

The 2’ plants are early maturing and are prolific yielders of medium-sized, jet-black soybeans. The beans are thin-skinned with rich flavor

Black Turtle

USA, Central America, Spain, Italy, Canada

Originated from Central America. Introduced to the United States in the late 1700's

Black

90-120

The Black Turtle Bean, also known as Black Beans, Turtle Beans, Black Spanish Beans, Tampico Beans, and Venezuelan Beans are becoming more and more popular every year, in part due to immigration from Latin American countries where the Black

Black Valentine

USA, Europe, Canada

Introduced in the mid 19th Century

Green

70

First introduced in the 1850's, this heirloom Bush Bean is a very prolific producer. Produces dark green 6 inch pods with a stunning, unique flavor that make ideal snap beans

Blauhilde

Europe

Germany

Purple

n/a

Delicious bunches of stringless, purple, round/oval fleshy pods up to 27cm (11in) in length over a long harvest period

Blue Lake Bush Bean

USA, Canada

Originally been introduced by the Asgrow Company in 1962

Green

50-60

The Blue Lake Bush Bush Bean is a bush version of the famous Blue Lake Pole Bean that is hands down, historically, the best Pole Bean ever offered anywhere in the world

Bobby

USA, Canada

n/a

White seeds

55

An excellent new small white-seeded variety – specially developed for the fresh market. Attractive dark-green color. High-quality beans with straight, skinless pods

Broad Windsor

Europe, USA

United Kingdom

Light green

84

The glossy, green 7" pods contain 5-7 large, oblong-shaped, light green beans. Pick pods at 2-3" to eat like snap beans or use as a tasty shell bean.

Calypso

China, Europe, Asia

China

Black and white

n/a

It is a dwarf Bush Bean to 15" high, producing compact and high yielding plants, the beans can be harvested as green beans when very young and tender like French beans

Cannellini

Italy

Italy

Creamy white

n/a

Cannellini beans are large white beans, about 1/2" long, with a firm texture and skin and a nut-like flavor

Carson

USA, Canada

USA

Yellow

56

Carson delivers high yielding, wax specialty beans with uniform yellow color. This bean produces a slim shape and has delivered a high percentage of refined 4 sieve pods in trials

Cherokee Wax

USA

Supposedly originally indigneous to South and Central America have been cultivated as early as 500 BC

Yellow

48

The Cherokee Wax Bean is a 1948 All-America Selections winning. Wax Bean that was believed to have been originally handed down by the Cherokee Indians

Cobra

USA, Canada

USA

Mid-green

n/a

Massive crops of mid green, smooth, round, stringless pods about 18cm (7in) long. Climbing Bean Cobra is a highly attractive mauve flowered variety, a delight in the border, and with an exceptional flavour

Contender Bush Bean

USA, Chile, Canada

Originated from USA

Green

40-50

The Contender Bush Bean is the earliest stringless green bean on the market and is ideal for cool, short season climates. You won't find an earlier bean. Contender is tasty, and will tolerate hot temperatures and mildew

Cosse Violette

Italy, Francee, Spain

Italy

Deep purple

61-70

An old Italian favourite of mine with deep purple pods that turn green when cooked. Tender and a good flavour keeping well on the plants without going over too quickly

Dalmatin

China

China

Black and white

50-60

This heirloom Bean has a remarkable black and white colour pattern which gives them the appearance of the Yin Yang symbol of Chinese astrology

Dark Red Kidney Bean

USA, Chile, Canada

Originated from USA

Red

95

Dark Red Kidney Beans are a bush variety which are produced on a sturdy plant which yields an abundance of hearty pods that contain five large red, kidney shaped beans

Dragon tongue

Italy, France, Europe, Canada, USA

France

Greenish yellow with purple stripes, creamy-brown seeds

60

Tasty, high yielding variety, perfect for the novice gardener. When the 8" flat pods change from greenish yellow with purple stripes, pick them as a snap bean. When the stripes turn from purple to red, pick as a shell bean.

Dusky

USA, Canada

Canada

Dark greeen

56

Dusky meets the needs of main season, fresh garden bean growers from Florida through Canada

Dutch brown

Europe, USA, Canada

Holland or Denmark

Brown

83

Old Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom. Particularly notable for its flavor--dry, almost nutlike

Empress

USA, Canada

Originally introduced by Gurney's Seed Co, USA

Green

55

High yielding and stringless French Beans with an excellent flavour.Bush green bean. Plants bear straight, 5- to 6-inch stringless pods.

Fagioli Rampicanti Dolcio del Metro

Europe

Italy

Green

n/a

Vigorous plants producing a tremendous crop of very long, thin green pods up to 45cm in length, hence their name

Fagioli Rampicanti Eden

Europe

Italy

Pale green

n/a

Produces a heavy crop over a long picking season if picked regularly whilst young and tender. Fagioli Rampicanti Eden produces pods 25-27cm long, pale green, flat, 2cm broad and stringless

Fagioli Rampicanti Marengo

Europe

Italy

Yellow

n/a

Fagioli Rampicanti Marengo is very early to harvest first pods and a prolific cropper over a long season if picked regularly whilst young and tender.

Fasold

Europe, USA, Canada

Europe

Mid-green

n/a

Climbing Bean Fasold produces a huge harvest of superb flavoured, long, fleshy, round, mid-green stringless pods that are slow to develop seeds. Its semi-climbing, less vigorous habit makes it ideal for growing under glass for the earliest crops

Favioli Rampicanti Corona

Europe

Italy

Mid-green

n/a

Long, mid green, slightly curved broad pods containing 5-6 large white ‘butter beans’

Flageolet

USA, Australia, Canada, France

Originated in France in the 1800's

Pale green

n/a

Flageolet beans are a small, light green shell or bush bean. Flageolet beans cook to a dense and creamy texture and hold up well to stirring and other rough treatment

Gina

Europe, Italy, France, USA, Canada

Italy

Green

55

Thick, flat, robust pods, 5-6" long with a flavor which is simply superb - 'beany', yet sweet and crisp.

Gold Crop

USA

USA

Yellow

52

Productive, high yielding wax bean that is known for its bright yellow color.

Gold mine

USA, Canada

n/a

Yellow

55

A great tasting yellow wax bean. Attractive, long pods are smooth and straight. Yield potential is high.

Golden Rod

USA

USA

Yellow

53

Brightest yellow of any wax bean. Vigorous plants produce a bumper crop of 5 to 6 inch pods

Goldfield

USA, Canada

USA

Yellow

80

Delicious, fleshy bright yellow broad, flat podded, stringless waxpod, 25cm (10 inches) long and 25mm (1 inch) wide.

Goldito

 

Italy

Yellow

52

An early French filet bean variety that has the perfect size beans for preparing and serving without cutting. The pods are 4 1/2 to 5 inches in length and capture the subtle buttery flavor of a wax bean

Good Mother

USA, Canada

USA

Green

90

Good mother is a family heirloom that has been enjoyed for generations. A great dry bean, wonderful rich, meaty flavor, great for soups

Great Northern

Midwestern USA, Canada

USA

White

n/a

A large white bean that resembles the lima bean in shape but that has a delicate, distinctive flavor. As with other dried beans, they must be soaked before cooking

Greencrop

USA, Canada

USA

Green

51

1957 All-America Selections Winner! Bush type plant produces excellent yields of 8" long by ½" wide green beans.

Harvester

USA, Canada

Originated from USA

Green

58

The Harvester variety of beans has tender pods growing up to 6" long. The pods are high off the ground for easy picking.

Helda

Europe

Spain

Green

n/a

An early variety, Climbing Bean Helda produces good yields throughout the summer. Pods grow up to 25cm in length and 21mm width

Hidatsa Red

USA, Canada

North Dakota

Red

80-90

Dark red seeds, used as a shell bean or dry like a kidney. Sprawling bush plants, will climb to 3' if given support

Hutterite Soup

USA, Canada, Austria, Europe

Austria, Brought to USA in the 1760s

Greenish yellow

75-90

Makes a truly excellent creamy white soup. Very productive, greenish yellow seeds with a distinctive dark ring around the eye

Inspiration

USA, Canada

USA

Green

56

Inspiration produces pods that are longer, slimmer, and darker than the competition, making it the preferred choice for the marketplace

Ireland Creek Annie

United Kingdom, USA, Canada

Grown in England in BC since the 1030's.

Greenish brown

70-75

Superb delicious flavor, makes it own thick sauce. Wonderful flavour makes it a superb soup bean

Jade

Canada, France, Italy, Europe

n/a

Green

55-59

A classic green bean of the finest quality, it has slender, rounded, 6” to 7” long, dark jade-green pods that are tender, sweet and absolutely delicious.

Kentucky Blue Pole

USA

USA, Kentucky state

Dark green

58

Combining the best of the popular Kentucky Wonder and Blue Lake varieties, Kentucky Blue green beans are straight, rounded and smooth.

Kentucky Wonder Pole

USA

USA, Kentucky state

Brown

65

This old-time country pole bean with brown seeds is a favorite. Beans are approximately 6"-8" inches long, slender and stingless.

Kurojuroku

Japan, China

Japan

Dark green

75

Each vine yields dark green slender pods 14"-18" long that contain 10-20 black seeds each.

Kwintus Pole

France, Italy, Europe

France

Green

43

The short growing season and the delicious, distinctive flavor of this European pole bean make it a favorite among bean aficionados

Late Tamba

Japan, India, China

Japan

Red

90

This is a dwarf-type with rose-colored flowers and red beans, azuki, which is very popular in Japan. Sprouts can be used in salads.

Leon

USA, Canada, France

France

Green

55

Fresh market round podded variety with medium light pods. Pods hold their smoothness providing a wide harvest window

Long Green French Bean

USA, Canada, France

Originated from France

Black seeds/

green

55

A small snap black bean that is long and straight in shape, tender in texture, yet crisp and very tasty. It is also referred to as a baby French green bean or a haricot vert bean

Magnum

USA, Canada, Europe

United Kingdom

Green

52

Early- maturing, vigorous, bush-type plants produce high yields of attractive, 6-7", straight flattened pods with excellent green color

Masai

USA, Canada

USA

Dark green

55

This variety offers a dark green, petite, whole bean with uniform pods for the fresh and processor markets. Its tender, flavorful pods hold their quality longer

Maxibel

USA, Canada

USA

Dark green

65

A fancy-type 'classic French filet' bean with very long, 7-1/2" extremely thin (only 1/4" across), dark green pods.

Mayflower

USA, United Kingdom, Canada

Arrived in the US in the 1620s

creamy color with dark-red speckles

100

The Mayflower plant has short pods that hold the small, square shaped green beans. Musty flavor

Morgane

USA, Canada, Europe

France

Green

n/a

An haricot vert bean, producing the long, extremely thin pods that are the glory of French cuisine

Mosaic

China

China

Purple, red and green colors of pods

80

It generously produces 16" long beans that are crisp. These beans are most familiar in Southern China and are highly prized because of their sweet, tender pods.

Motivation

USA, Canada

USA

Green

53

Motivation yields beans with the size and dark green color preferred by today’s Fresh market consumer. A 3 - 4 sieve bean, it offers growers an early maturity and excellent heat tolerance

Murasakiirohana Fujimame

Japan

Japan

Red

100

This beautiful Japanese purple-flowering variety of the climbing hyacinth bean is particularly popular for eating.

Nash

USA, Canada

USA

Green

54

Nash has performed well in Georgia and regions in the North. This high-yielding Fresh market bean features smooth, straight, 5.75-inch pods

Neckargold

Europe, USA, Canada

Netherlands

Yellow

65

The crisp and flavourful deep-yellow pods are quite long and have an oval shape.

Nickel Baby

France, Canada, USA

France

Dark green pods, white seeds

60

The 22-26 inch plants develop strong, erect branches that hold an abundance of flavorful, 4 inch long, dark green pods off the ground.

Nintoku giant (Jumbo)

Japan, China

Japan

Green

70

This variety's yield is heavy. Most bean pods have 3 large seeds in a pod.

Nugget

USA, Canada, Mexica

USA

Yellow

52

A beautiful wax bean with bright, deep yellow color and buttery flavor

October

USA, Mexica, Canada

1830s, Tennessee, USA

n/a

85-90

Prolific producer, great winter staple. Bush habit

Orient Wonder

Japan, China

China

Bright green

70

This variety of yard long bean produces bright green, long, slender pods with brown-red seeds. Beans are best harvested when 15"-18" long

Painted Pony

USA, Mexica, Canada

Mexica

Green

60

A dual-purpose bean that produces delicious green beans and dried beans, which have a beautiful white on brown coloration that is retained when cooked

Pantheon

Europe, USA, Canada

Italy

n/a

n/a

High yields of stringless, flat and juicy pods - up to 25mm (1in) wide and 25cm (10in) long - with plenty of flavour

Pencil Pod

USA, Canada

USA

Yellow

59

Delicious, tender, sweet, golden-yellow pods completely stringless and of excellent flavor

Pencil Pod Black Wax

USA

Originally introduced to the gardening public in 1900

Black

50

The dominant Wax Bean variety grown in America. The Black Pencil Pod Wax Bean features a dwarf, upright bush type plant that reaches 14 to 16 inches in height.

Pierroton

USA, Canada, France

France

Medium dark green

57

Pierroton is a small sieve bean for the gourmet, fresh, and processor whole bean markets. It features a medium dark pod color

Pinto

Spain, Mexica, USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa

Peru

Brownish with darker brown streaks

n/a

Medium-sized, fairly flat and kidney shaped, pinto beans are brownish with darker brown streaks. Flavorful and velvety, they are a good substitute for red kidney beans

Prevail

USA, Canada

Canada

Dark greeen

54

Prevail offers growers a high-yielding bean adapted to a wide range of growing areas. This main season variety for the shipper market also demonstrates excellent stress tolerance

Purple Queen Bush Bean

USA, Canada, Great Britain

Originated from USA

Purple

50-55

The Purple Queen Bean is one of the best purple podded, stringless bean varieties available for your garden. This lovely bean variety features an abundance of 5 to 5.5 inch slender pods of a royal burgundy to intense purple color that turn a brilliant jade green color when cooked

Red Noodle

China, Japan

Southern China

Red

80

The beans can grow up to 22" long. These beans are stringless, sweet and tender.

Renegade

USA, Canada

USA

Very dark green

56

Renegade sets a new standard for dark beans with extremely dark-colored pods that meet customer expectations

Roc d'Or

France, Spain, Italy, Canada, USA

France

Yellow-gold

55-60

Roc d’Or surpasses other wax varieties in production, appearance and flavor.

Roc d’Or is a continuous yielder of slim, round golden-yellow beans

Roma II Green

Italy

Italy

Green

59

The Roma II Green Bean is a bush type, Italian Romano bean that produces a delicious crop of wide, light green flavorful pods

Romano

Europe, USA, Canada

Italy

Green

70

An old favorite with a very unique, delicious flavor. Vines are loaded with long, wide-podded stringless green beans

Romano gold

Europe, USA, Canada

Italy

Green-yellow

50

The taste of a Romano-type bean is reason enough to grow it. Add in the beauty, extremely high productivity, and disease resistance of Romano Gold and you have got one amazing variety

Romano Purpiat

Europe, USA, Canada

Italy

Purple

60

The 5 inch, flat pods are so tender, crisp, and delicious that we found them irresistible picked fresh from the plant.

Scarlet runner bean

North America, Europe

United Kingdom

n/a

68

In North America the 'Scarlet Runner' is grown mostly for its brilliant scarlet flowers. Grown widely in northern gardens for use as a snap bean or dried bean that has a nut-like flavor.

Sequoia

Spain, Italy, France, USA, Mexica, Europe

Italy

Purple

50-60

Sequoia is a stylish, strappy Italian-type romano, with the intense flavor and meaty texture romano bean lovers crave.

Shirohana Fujimame

Japan

Japan

n/a

100

The fast growing vine produces elegant white flowers that give way to thick, but flat, curved pods.Stir-fry or boil these beans, which can be sliced or used whole

Shirohana Mame

 

Japan

Japan

White

80

This rare "flower bean" has lovely snow-white flowers and pure white beans that distinguish it from similar varieties.

Shironata Mame

Japan

Japan

Green

70

This Japanese sword bean produces white flowers and green beans with a ridged edge. The beans are picked when immature; 4" long, and prepared like snap beans.

Soleil Baby

France, Canada, USA

France

Yellow pods, brown seeds

62

A yellow filet type with exceptional quality. Soleil is a gourmet type, perfectly suited as a baby yellow bean.

Stayton

USA, Canada

USA

Dark green

55

Stayton is an extra-fine bean for the Processing and specialty Fresh markets. The upright plant holds the pods well off of the ground and offers excellent pod finesse

Straight and Narrow

USA, Europe

France

Dark green

53

Classy dark green French filet bean, pick when 5 long and 1/3" diameter. Petite, straight, dark green and tasty.

Supersette

Spain, France, Italy, USA, Europe

Italy

n/a

90-100

Italian Supersette Fava Bean is quite productive, yielding long, well-filled pods.It is meatier than a Lima with a sweet, warm, nutty taste

Sutton

Europe, USA

United Kingdom

White

100

An that produces lots of 13-15cm (5-6in) pods each bearing five small, but deliciously tender beans

Teseo

Europe

Italy

Dark green

58

European French filet bean with round, pencil-slim very straight 5" pods with delectable flavor and elegant appearance

Tsu In

China, India

China

Purple

75

This variety is unusual and recognized for its beautiful purple color pods. A generous producer of 16"-20" long beans that are soft textured.

Unidor

USA, Canada

USA

Yellow

54

Tasty golden yellow pods against a green background makes this wax bean easy to see and easy to pick

Vermont Cranberry

USA, Canada, United Kingdom, France

A heirloom bean variety from the New England area pre1800's

Green

60

An heirloom New England variety of bush bean with medium, oval, pink and red streaked beans. Makes large, green, fresh shelling beans and dry beans with a mild taste for soup or baking

Vernandon

France, Canada, USA, Europe

France

Green

50-60

Vernandon produces heavily on disease-resistant plants, yielding a bounty of thin filets with an exceptional uniformity, ‘meaty’ texture and delicate, rich flavor.

White Seeded

China, India, Japan

China

Light green pods/

White

60

This heat tolerant yard long bean produces white seeds. The firm but tender pod is a light green color and grows to 24" long.

Winged bean

Asia

China

Dark green

75

Every part of this climbing tropical bean—from the leaves and flowers to the pods and tubers—is edible and high in protein. The winged pods are best and most sweet when picked very young, about 3"-4" long.

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