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Champagne

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Pole/Snap. Snaps in about 70 days. Vigorous climber and productive. 8 inch flat green stingless pods. Given to J.R. Hepler by Ernie Champagne in New Hampshire in the 1940's. J.R. Hepler father of Billy Hepler who started the Hepler Seed Company at the age of 12 first sold this variety in his catalog in 1952.

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Charlie Tinker's Grey Ball

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Bush dry bean variety originating in the U.S.A. Another variety from the bean collection of Joseph Simcox (The Botanical Explorer).

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Cherokee Bean

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Semi-Runner/Dry. About 105 days to dry pods. Large seeds good for soups and baking. Very productive. Plants would benefit if provided support. A rare variety that was being sold by Urban Harvest in Houston, Texas. Purchased this seed just before they closed their seed library.

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Cherokee Wax

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Bush/Snap. 45 to 55 days to snap stage. 90 days to first dry seed. 5 to 7 inch yellow pods. Very productive, stringless. 18 inch tall plants produces well in adverse weather. A mutation from Asgrow Valentine. Bred at the Clemson College Truck Experiment Station in Charleston, South Carolina. The original vendor was Asgrow seed in 1947.

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Cherry Trout

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Bush/Dry. 82 days to first dry pods. One of the outcrosses found in my bean garden in 1983. The seedcoat is patterned similarly to Jacob's Cattle, but displays a smaller area of red around the eye, and fewer and smaller red spots over the white background. Seed is shorter and slightly plumper.

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Chester

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Pole/Dry. 90+ days. A.K.A. Flagg, Skunk. Reported to have come from the Iroquois people. Gail Flagg of Fort Kent, Maine claims the bean had been grown for a long time in Chester, Vermont. Thus it's name comes from the Vermont town, and Gail's last name became it's synonym name. This is how it got the English version of it's name. It's name in the language of the Mohawk peoples interprets to English as "Skunk".

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Chickasaw

Packet Size 35 Seeds $3.00

Semi-Runner/Dry. Pods up to 4.75 inches, and dry seqentially starting in 90 days. A stable outcross discovered and named by me in 1979. The original bean was found among a grow out of the round, yellow seeded bush bean "Sulphur" obtained from John Withee's Wanigan Associates in 1978. After a second grow out the bean also segregated into Choctaw. Listed in the SSE winter yearbook in 1982.

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China Yellow

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Bush/Dry. A.K.A. Sulphur bean. Carried by John Withee in his Wanigan catalog in the late 1970's as Sulphur Bean. This New England heirloom dates back to before 1870. Seeds are larger than a Navy bean with a distinctive flavor. Once popular in many different countries. Their are many strains of this bean.

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Choctaw

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Semi-Runner/Dry. Related to it's genetic relative Chickasaw. An Original bean of mine discovered in 1979 in my Capron, Illinois bean garden and named Choctaw by me. After the 1979 growing season the distinct look of both Choctaw and Chickasaw had appeared. Reacquired this bean in 2013 from John Staples a past SSE member who was still keeping this bean. He sent me a freezer sample that had been frozen since 2006. I had listed Choctaw for the first time in the 1982 SSE winter yearbook.

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Christmas

Packet Size 12 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Large Seeded Lima. Somewhat late in producing dry seed here. I can get decent seed production in my zone 5 climate. Productive, and large seeded. This variety dates back to the 1840's. Was especially popular in the southwest. Very tolerant of a lot of heat.

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Coach Dog

Packet size 15 Seeds $3.00

Bush dry bean grows without runners. Blossom pink. Plants grow to about 18 inches tall. Productive plants matures it's first dry pods in about 80 days. Seeds similar in appearance to Jacob's Cattle however it holds it's Jacob's Cattle look in a hot summer. Jacob's Cattle beans turn nearly solid red during a hot season. Coach Dog was once a part of John Withee's Wanigan bean collection of Lynnfield, MA.

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Coco Rubico

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Bush/Dry. First dry pods in as early as 72 days. Very productive. I grew this bean for a time in the 80's, and originally purchased it from Le Jardin Du Gourmet who I believe imported seed from Vilmorin seedhouse in France.

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Comtesse de Chambord

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Bush/Snap. Early, productive, slender green podded snaps. Dates back to early 19th century France. The variety is one of the parent varieties of an outcross I discovered among it in 1977 which I named Blue Jay. First acquistion of this variety was from Le Jardin Du Gourmet in 1975. Seed pictured above purchased in 2012 from Two Wings Farm, B.C. Canada.

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Comtesse de Chambord (BN 226)

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Bush/Snap. I reacquired the bean (photo on the left) from Two Wings farm in 2012, but the seed seemed smaller than I recalled in the '80's I had donated seed (picture above) to Seed Savers Exchange that was the seed mother of Blue Jay. Then during winter 2013 I requested from my donations this same version of this bean. When the seed arrived. Low, and behold a bit larger white seed that I had remembered Blue Jay's seed mother to be.

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Conserva

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Bush snap variety. Compact bush grows without runners. Blossom white, with light green foliage. Produces oval green pods that are fleshy but not stringy and slightly bent. Marketed in 1925 by Samenzüchterei David Sachs or Seed Nursery of David Sachs Quedlinburg, Germany. Bred by David Sachs's company. A cross between European varieties Alpha x Saxa. David Sachs 1836-1918

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Contender

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Bush/Snap. Also known as Buff Valentine. Early and very productive of oval podded green snaps in about 50 days. Dry seed in about 80+ days. Healthy and very disease resistant plants. Developed at the USDA vegetable breeding lab in Charleston, South Carolina by the late Dr. Wade. Introduced to the public in 1949. Still frequently found in seed catalogs and on seed racks today.

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Corn Planter's Purple

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Pole. Seneca variety given to me with multiple seed coats. Highly productive. Beautiful pods turn dark purple as seed matures and pods begin to dry.

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Cream Six Weeks

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Bush/Dry First Dry pods in about 85 days. Blossom lavender. Viney plants about 14 inches tall. Seed about the size of a navy. Short plump and cream/tan in color. Produces a profusion of 4 inch pods that wrinkle tight around it’s seed when dry, and has a blushed purplish color when plump with soft immature seed.

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Cresijevec

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Pole/Dry A Slovenian variety was sent to me by a gardener in Germany during the winter of 2013. Got this seed in trade for some Glass Gem corn that could not be acquired by overseas gardeners sold by a U.S. firm. The variety is very productive.

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Crow River Black

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Bush/Dry A variety selected by Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Mn from a packet of bean crosses received from Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds in Canada during 1993.

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Dalmatian

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Bush/Dry 90+ days for dry seed. Seeds are patterned the same as Money except the colors on this one are brighter. Productive upright plants grow without runners. Discovered in my garden and named by me in 1981. Decided to use the "ian" spelling at the end of it's name as Dalmation is a synonym name for Jacob's Cattle. The seed mother of Dalmatian was a bean called Ernie's Big Eye.

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Dana's Soldier

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Bush dry bean. 85 days to the start of dry pods. An original bean from the collection of early Seed Savers Exchange, and Wanigan Associates member the late Ernest B. Dana of Etna, New Hampshire. Discovered and stabilized by Mr. Dana from his bean gardens back in the 1970's. This bean is another example, and variation of the Trout or Jacob's Cattle type seed coat patterns that Ernie dearly loved.

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Dapple Grey

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Bush/Dry 60 to 70 days for dry seed. An early maturing variety on 12 to 18 inch plants. Possibly the variety takes it's name for it's color resemblence to the Dapple Grey horse. There is no known history of this bean.

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Davis

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Bush/Wax. 60 days to yellow snaps. 90 days to first dry pods. Plants are upright 17 inches in growth without runners. This variety had appeared in the Calla seed catalog in the late 1890's.

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Deb's Creek

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Pole/Dry. An Australian variety gifted to me by my Austrian bean friend Harriet Mella. Moderate climber.

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Deep Red Trout

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Bush dry bean grows without runners. Larger trout type seeds distinguish this variety over Jacob's Cattle. Productive plants produce six inch long and half inch wide pods. Pods dry a little later than early bush dry beans varieties. Given to John Withee's Wanigan Associates by former SSE member the late Ernest B. Dana of Etna, New Hampshire. SSE Bean 459

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Deseronto Potato

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Pole Dry. An Abenaki nation variety given to me by a Seneca man who lives in Pennsylvania. The Bean has been grown by the Iroquois, and Seneca people of North America. Moderately climbing plants can be raised as a pole bean or on the ground as a half runner climbing bean to about 4 to 5 feet. Can be used as a thickener in soup or mashed like potatoes.

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Dog Bean

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Bush Dry. Dry seed in about 90 or so days. May or may not be another strain of Jacob's Cattle although it has a similar seedcoat pattern and coloring. Areas of white and red display in a little bit different amounts on the seeds of this bean.

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Dwarf Red

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Bush/Dry. Having grown this back in the early 80's, and possibly coming to me originally from an Indiana SSE member. I reacquired seed of the bean from SSE from my donations list. To be grown again in 2013.

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Early Stearns

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Bush/Dry. A Robert Lobitz named and introduced variety. He first listed this bean in the Seed Savers Exchange yearbook in 1999. Named after Stearns county in Minnesota where his home town of Paynesville is located.

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Early Victor

Packet Size 15 seeds $3.00

Semi Runner/Dry. 76 days to beginning of first dry pods. Small pinto colored beans. One of the many beans named and introduced through Seed Savers Exchange by the late Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Minnesota.

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Early Warwick

Packet Size 15 seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. 75 days to beginning of dry seed. Stocky plants and heavy yields. Cool weather tolerant. Grown in Warwick, England before 1890. Acquired this one from a gardening friend in Derby, England.

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Early Yellow Six Weeks

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Bush/Snap. Green snap pods in about 50 days 90 to dry pods. A very old variety that goes back into the 1700's. Mentioned in publications in the 1860's and said at that time to be a variety that had been around at least for a century.

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Eden Prairie

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Bush/Snap. 80 to 90 days for the beginning of dry seed. Another of the many bean originals by the Late Robert Lobitz. Marked nearly like a soldier around the eye with the addition of very fine red specks over a white background.

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Edogava Zurunacki Namame

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. Productive variety from eastern Europe. 7 inch pods contain up to six and seven beans.

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Emilia's Italian

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Snap. Early and productive. This bean is named in honor of the lady who brought them to Nanaimo British Columbia, Canada from Italy in 1911. Mrs. Emilia Fuller immigrated to Canada from the town of St. Peitro in the provence of Udine in Northern Italy. This bean was originally distributed as "Auntie Vi’s". Annette Barley of Nanaimo had convinced an early seed seller of the bean that Emilia’s Italian was a better tribute. Annette sent me the bean in 2016 and told me that using it as a snap bean is the only way she has used the variety.

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Empress

Packet Size 12 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Lima. Large beans. 116 days this year in 2017 from time of planting to harvesting the first dry pods. The remainder of seed was harvested in the following 30 days. From the lima collection of Curt Burroughs of Memphis, Missouri. He believes it came possibly as an outcross of Christmas. Grew absolutely true to type for me.

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Ernie's Big eye

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Bush/Dry. Original bean from former SSE and Wanigan Associates member the late Ernest B. Dana of Etna, N.H. The bean dates back to the late '70's and was grown by John Withee's Wanigan bean network. Another variation of the Jacob's Cattle seed coat color pattern that Ernie loved so much. ("Special Note") My seed grown out this year in 2016 does not look like this, but might change back depending on your soil and growing season.

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Evening Moon

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Semi-Runner/Dry. Discovered in my garden and named by me sometime around 1981. The colored area of the seed is a light flesh tone when first harvested, and will remain rather light for many years. Old seed stocks of this bean still remain in my possession from the early 80's.

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Eye Of The Goat

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Pole/Dry. Begins maturing dry seed in about 90 to 100 days. Said to make fairly decent snap beans when picked young. Otherwise there is no history of this bean known at this time.

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Falcon

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Bush/Dry. Dry seed in about 90 days. These are the tiniest bean seeds I have ever seen. Many of the seeds have a figure around the eye that looks just like a silhouette of a bird, and so crisply defined.

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Fasold

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Snap. Productive plants. Early with long, thin, tender, stringless green pods up to 9 inches in length. I gave seeds to my neighbor and dentist. The bean became an instant hit with these people.

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Florida Speckled

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Pole/Lima. Over 100 days for dry seed. Tolerant to heat and humidity. Heavy producer with vigorous growing vines. Considered to be one of the most suitable of the Limas or butterbeans for the south. This variety does well here in Illinois summers.

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Forelle Fliederfarben

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Pole/Dry. Many rounded seeded beans acquired from two European growers. The seed is similar in appearance to one grown in the U.K. called Cranberry Lilac. From Harriet Mella a bean trading friend in Austria.

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Fort Portal Jade

Packet Size 30 Seeds $3.00

Semi-Runner/Dry. An interesting and beautiful shading of blueish green. Sourced from a gardener in Groningen, Netherlands who obtained the bean from a fellow named Guy Dirix in Belgium. The beans origin is Fort Portal, Uganda. Originally discovered and named by an American seed collector Joseph Simcox. The local people in Uganda that had grown the variety simply called it a bean.

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Fowler

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Bush/Snap. First dry pods in about 85 days. Eighteen inch tall plants produce beautiful round uniform dark green snap pods. One of the unique characteristics of this variety is that the Japanese beetles don't seem to care to feed on this plant. The variety made it's way to Oregon about the time the territory became a state. Given to a Don Fowler from which the bean derives it's name in 1981 of the Grace Theological Seminary by an Oregon church member.

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Freckles

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. 85 days to first dry seed. Seeds are smaller than and patterned similarly to Jacobs Cattle, however white area on the seed is greater and the red spots on the white background is much finer.

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Ganymede

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Pole/Lima. 100+ dry days. Very productive strong vigorous growing vines. I had grown this bean as far back as the early 80's. Received it from an unlisted SSE member by the name of E.P. Griggs who didn't know it's name. After seeing pictures in National Geographics magazine of the planet Jupiter and it's moon system. I named the bean after the Jovian moon Ganymede. Now after 30 years the name seems to have stuck.

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Ga Ga Hut

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Pole, short climber to about six feet. Rapid maturing very productive plants produced first dry pods in about 70 days in my 2016 northern Illinois summer. Produced a second smaller flush of pods and quality dry seed in another 40 days. Native American version, of a pinto.

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Genesis

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Pole Lima. From the collection of Curt Burroughs of Memphis, Missouri. He acquired the bean from the USDA seed bank in Pullman Washington. Not much is known about this bean as the seed bank gave little information except upon growing in northern Illinois this summer of 2017 it grew quite well. The plants received slight shade during part of the day. Yet to be tested in a full sunlight enviornment.

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George's Bean

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Pole/Dry. Sourced for me during the winter of 2013 by Harriet Mella of Austria from Deaflora seeds in Germany. An old variety from England used typically for baked beans.

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Giant Stringless Greenpod

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Snap. Tall plants over two feet in height. Long pods somewhat variable, long and stringless. One of the most popularly grown snap beans of the early twentieth century. Bred by Calvin Keeney the father of the stringless bean, and introduced by Johnson & Stokes Seed Company in 1898.

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Gila River

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Pole/Dry. 100+ days for dry seed. The story I had read on this variety was that is was found at a native American site in a cave along the Gila river in the southwest. Seeds were found in a pottery jar sealed with pine sap. The site was dated at 1,500 years ago. The temperature and humidity level never fluctuated in all those years keeping the seed viable. Amazing if it's true. There was also a black and white bean just like it called Gila River.

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Gillenwater

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Viney/Dry. Sprawling plants spread over the ground a little as they grow. Later maturing than most of my dry beans that I grow. Over 120 days for dry seed here in 2012. Seedcoat color and pattern like many horticultural beans. A West Virginia heirloom. Much earlier in this 2017 season 103 days to first dry pods.

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Gill's Delicious Giant

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Pole/Snap. A.K.A. Delicious Giant. 70 days for snaps and 100 days for dry seed. Introduced by the Gill Brothers Seed Company of Portland, Oregon in 1925. A cross between Oregon Giant and Kentucky Wonder. Quite unusual in size of pods and pod clusters. Earlier more prolific, and pods are longer and more slender than those of Oregon Giant.

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Gold Creek Beauty

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Pole/Dry. 90 or more days to dry seed. This is actually not a lima variety, but it's flattened seed makes it somewhat resemble a lima.