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Bean, Lofthouse Landrace Dry Mix

  • $4.00


Phaseolus vulgaris

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This variety is a webstore exclusive. Dry beans are believed to have originated in Central America, before travelling North and South where they have been found as a cultivated crop dating back over 4,000 years ago.

We are pleased to offer this beautiful bean mix from beloved Rocky Mountain seedsman Joseph Lofthouse. Here's what he has to say about it:

A landrace containing hundreds of varieties of dry beans. Bred to mature quickly in a cold mountain valley. Contains old heirlooms and new segregating hybrids. Growth habit tends toward bush beans or short-vines which don't climb poles. Plants with super-long or twining vines are culled. The beans mature in about 75 to 90 days. I often harvest the food crop about ten days after the plants are killed by fall frost. These have been selected for easy threshing using human scale techniques like beating with a stick or stomping with feet. I typically harvest and thresh at the same time by pulling up the dry plant and beating it against the inside of a garbage can. These are great used in chili, bean soup, or refried beans. When used in soups, some seeds stay firm no matter how long they are cooked while others disintegrate to make a rich broth. I plant a week or two after the last expected spring frosts. This variety is a plant breeder's dream. There is so much diversity that something is likely to do well anywhere that it is grown. There are plenty of traits, colors, textures, and tastes from which to select while using this as the progenitor of new varieties. Selected by Joseph Lofthouse to thrive under subsistence level growing conditions without pesticides nor fertilizers. OSSI-pledged.

Seeds grown by Titbout's Seeds in Missoula, Montana.

30 seeds

Directions: Direct seed after danger of frost has passed. Harvest dry beans in the fall.

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