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Seneca Cornstalk

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Pole, dry, and productive. Climbs six feet or more. Pods average 4 and half inches long, and wrinkle as they dry. Small beautiful seeds are red and white. Native variety grown by the Seneca. people.

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Shantyboat

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Pole Lima. 105 days to first dry pods. Productive plants produce average sized pods which average 3 seeds. Seeds are off white nearly solidly marked with red on one end. Joyce Pinson administrator of the Applachian Seed Swap in Pikeville, Kentucky tells me the bean has quite a history of being grown in the Ohio river valley.

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Shoshone

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Semi-Runner/Dry. Small seed about the size of a navy bean. Discovered in my garden and named by me in 1979. First listed this one in the 1982 Seed Savers yearbook. Good for baked beans and soups.

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Skunk

( Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00 )

Pole productive climbing dry bean. About 90 days to first dry 6 to 7 inch easy to shell pods. Traditional Iroquois/Seneca variety.

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Slovenia III

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Dry. Beautiful variety from Slovenia. From Deaflora seeds in Germany sourced for me by Harriet Mella of Austria.

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Smith River Super Speckle

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Bush/Dry. 90 DTM. Plants do not produce runners. I had grown this variety back in the early 1980's. It is rare and often difficult to obtain seed for this bean. The bean originated as an outcross from Jacob's Cattle although grown now as a stable variety for decades. The originator of the variety is an early Seed Saver Exchange member Jerry Gatchell of Drain, Oregon.

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Snowcap

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Dry. Large seeded bean. Blossom white. 90 days to first dry pods. Plants climbs to 7 feet producing 6 inch flat pods.

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Snow On The Mountain

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Lima. Productive, had been grown in the family of Reverend Roy Blount, Washington Parish, Louisiana since 1880. The variety goes back into the 1860's. The seecoat reminds me of two pole limas I had grown in the 80's. "Dale Two Toned" and "Half And Half".

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Snowstorm

Packet Size 12 Seeds $3.00

Pole Lima. Large pods and seeds. An original lima variety from Curt Burroughs of Memphis, Missouri. Was a cross from Christmas lima with an unknown male pollen donor. Said to have a richer flavor than other white limas. Some seeds can be marked with a couple of red flecks.

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Soldier

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry 105 days to first dry seed. Upright plants grow without runners are productive and about 22 inches tall. Popular in the New England states for years, and have been cultivated there before 1800. The white beans with a red figure around the eye have a pleasant mild flavor.

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Speckled 1770

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. First dry pods in 106 days. This seed is one of four seedcoat color variations I have separated from my acquired seed sample. This pattern closely mimics Palomino. Grown in 2012 all the plants that survived the heat and drought grew upright in form without runners and produced this seedcoat color and pattern.

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Speckled 1770

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Bush dry bean. A third seedcoat variation separated from my acquired seed sample of this bean. Looks like a throwback to Jacob's Cattle. Maybe a cross of Big Soldier (SSE Bean 1770) and Jaccob's Cattle.

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Splash Trout

( Available in amounts of 20 seeds )

Pole/Dry. 103 days for first dry beans. Blossom White. Oval flattened green pods 4.75 x 1/2 in. long. The seed is patterned similar to "Money" except this one displays more area of white, and patterning is affected by growing conditions. Originally from one of the earlier members of SSE the late Ernest B. Dana of Etna, New Hampshire.

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Staley's Surprise

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush. Blossom lilac. Pods are green 7 inches long (18 cm). Australian variety that was bred by Arthur Staley an 1880's to early 1900's seed merchant from East Gippsland, Victoria. The bean comes to me via a New South Wales resident.

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Stevenson

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Lima. An original variety introduced by the late SSE member Ralph Stevenson of Tekonsha, Michigan. Seed was acquired from SSE member Christopher Inhulsen of the state of Georgia.

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Stevenson's Black Eye

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Semi-Runner/Dry. Another of the original varieties developed by late SSE member Ralph Stevenson of Tekonsha, Michigan. Seed of this bean was acquired from former SSE member John Staples living in the state of New York.

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Stevenson's Blue Eye

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Semi-Runner/Dry. 114 days to first dry seeds. Discovered, and named by one of the earlier SSE members. The late Ralph Stevenson of Tekonsha, Michigan. Originally an outcross he found in one of his bean gardens in the early 80's. Sold commercially by Annapolis Seeds in Canada.

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Succotash

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Pole dry bean. The bean that looks like black kernels of corn. No doubt one the most unusual beans I have known. The variey comes from North America originally Native American nations in the north, Narragansett mostly. The bean was used in a dish of the same name frequently combined with other things mainly corn.

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Sweetwater

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. 85 days to first dry pods. The remainder of the dry beans are harvested in about 3 to 4 weeks. An original bean named by me. Named after an area of contemporary homes in Woodstock, Illinois. Productive plants about 20 inches tall produce green 7 inch pods that become a bit streaked with red as the beans inside mature. Interesting seed coat patern that is a mix partly like Jacob's Cattle and purple streaking like a cranberry type bean.

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Tamila

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Dry. Moderate climber, but very productive. Oval 5 inch (12cm) pods contain between 5 to 7 seeds. The variety is grown in western Ukraine. My seed comes from a New York state "Seed Savers Exchange" member.

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Tarahumara Capirame

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Bush/Dry. Blossom Light Pink. 90 days to first dry seed. Patterned much like other horticultural varieties. From Tarahumara people of the Sierra Madre of northern Mexico. I believe this is probably the same bean as Capirame just a more lengthened form of the name.

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Taylor

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry. 80 days to first dry beans. Horticultural bean. Typical seedcoat colors of tan, buff, white or off white with red speckles and streaks. I believe this to be the same bean as Taylor's Dwarf Horticultural. I believe this is simply the shortened version of the name.

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Tendergreen

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Snap. 45-55 days to snaps, and 90 days to first dry pods. Early, Productive, tender, stringless green round pods that wrinkle and tighten around their seed as they dry. Plants are rigid, upright, and compact around 15 inches tall. First introduced by the Peter Henderson Company in 1922. An All American Selections winner in 1933. Another one of my snap bean favorites.

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Tenderpod

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap. 50 days to snaps and 90 days to first dry pods. Upright plants are runnerless and widely adapted. 4.5 to 5.5 inch long round green pods are early, and stringless. Pods wrinkle and tighten around their seeds as they dry. Released in 1941. An All American Selections Winner of the same year. A very delightful snap variety to grow. I wonder how many people had grown this one is World War 2 victory gardens.

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Tene's Bean

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. 90 Days to first dry seed. Grown by the Larry Locke's family of Grand Manan, Nebraska for three generations. Larry Locke’s grandfather Ashton was given some by a Miss Albertine Bancroft around 1920. They have been grown by the family ever since.

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Tennessee Wonder

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Snap 80 days. Blossom pink. 8 to 8 1/2 inch green round pods. Landreth Seed Company introduced the variety sometime before 1901, but very likely goes back much further.

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Tiger's Eye

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Semi Runner/Dry. 65 days to shell beans. 85 days to first dry seed. A.K.A. Pepa De Zapallo. Plants produce wide flattened pods. The variety has it's origins in Chile, and Argentina.

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Tigre

Packet Size 35 Seeds $3.00

Semi Runner/Dry. From Austria. 71 days to first dry pod. Then pods dry sequentially over the next 30 days. Plants are very productive. Beans are small but more than make up in total volume of seed procduced.

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Tobacco Patch

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. 90 days to first dry seed. Earlier than "Soldier". Strong upright plants grow without runners holding it's pods well off the ground. In our 2012 heat and drought this variety went through the "Summer From Hell" like nothing unusual was happening. A truly impressive performance.

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Topcrop

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Snap. 53 days to snaps. Blossom light pink. Widely adapted. Vigorous plants have high yields of a concentrated pod set of round medium green 5 to 6 inch pods. Resistant to BCMV and Bean Pod Mottle Virus, and NY 15. Bred by the USDA in Beltsville, Maryland. Introduced in 1947. All American Selections Award winner in 1950. Parentage is United States 5 Refugee and Full Measure. Another of my all time favorite snap varieties.

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Topnotch Golden Wax

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap. Yellow podded. Blossom White. 50-55 days to first snaps. Productive plants are 15 to 18 inches tall yielding light yellow round pods. Listed in seed catalogs as early as the late 1940's.

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Trebulino Di Domenico

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Pole, productive Italian variety. I have heard back from growers who I have sent this to and they tell me the bean is a real keeper.

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Turkey Craw

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Snap. 108 days to first dry seed. Blossom white. 5 to 7 inch flat green pods that wrinkle and tighten around seed as they dry. Vigorous plants climb to 8 feet.

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Tuvagliedda

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Dry. Productive variety possibly of Italian origin.

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Uncle Willies

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Bush/Dry. Blossom white. 90+ days to first dry seed. Large production of 6 inch pods on 18 inch plants containing these typically appearing horticultural looking seeds. From Annapolis Seed Company Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Unrivalled Wax

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Yellow/Snap. Stocky productive plants 12 to 14 inches (30-36cm) tall Produces 5 inch (12cm) tender, stringless snap pods early and of good quality. First appeared in the Vilmorin seed catalog in France in 1909. Brought to the U.S. in 1913 by D.M. Ferry And Company. By 1931 the variety was listed in nearly one-fourth of the seed catalogs of the day. Has the reputation of doing well in drought conditions.

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Uzice Speckled Wax

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Snap Wax. Wax variety from Uzice region of Serbia. 75 days to snaps and 120 days to dry seed.

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Van Goghs Olive

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Semi-Runner/Dry. Variety from France. Seed was sourced from the bean collection of Joseph Simcox (The Botanical Explorer).

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Vaquero

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. My entire seed crop was ready for harvest in 84 days from seeding in the ground. One of the many beans of the southwest. Similar seed coat pattern as Zuni Shalako and Anasazi and likely related to those beans. Possibly named for the Vaquero indians. Said to create a dark inky pot liquor when cooked. 20 seeds should grow about 1.25 pounds in a good season.

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Vermont Appaloosa

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. 85 days to dry seed. Can be picked as snap beans when young. Short Compact plants produce 4 to 5 inch pods containing 4 to 5 seeds. Native to Central and South America. The variety has been cultivated in the southwest.

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Vermont Yellow Eye

( seed is currently not available )

Semi Runner/Dry. 90 to 110 days to dry seed. From Deaflora seeds in Germany Via Harriet Mella of Austria.

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Victoria Brown Eyes

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap. 65 days to first snaps and 90 days to first dry pods. Vigorous 20 inch tall plants produce plump tasty pods. Another Robert Lobitz introduced and named variety.

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Viola

Packet Size 40 Seeds $3.00

Semi Runner/Dry. 85 days to first dry pods. The remainder of the pods dry sequentially within about 3 weeks time. Small navy bean sized seeds are produced by a load of 4 to 5 inch long pods that are purple. Beans color vary from dusty purple to creamy white with a hint of purple blush on either side of the seed. This productive bean is one of the many original named beans from the late Robert Lobitz that were released through the Seed Savers Exchange yearbook in 2004.

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Volga German Siberian

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Dry. 108 days to first dry pods. 4.5 to 5 inch pods can contain up to 7 seeds. Beautiful large horticultural patterned seeds. Good dry or for fresh shelling. Said to be cold tolerant, originates from German Mennonites who were brought to the Volga River region of Russia by Katharina the Great. Obtained this variety from Soren Holt in Kastrup, Denmark.

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Wadena

Packet Size 30 Seeds $3.00

Semi-Runner/Dry. 85 days to first dry beans. Small dark pink seeds with red around the eye, 3 3/4 inch pods, very productive. Introduced and named by SSE member the Late Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Minnesota. Wadena comes from the Ojibwe language meaning "little round hill".

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Wanamingo

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Snap. 85 days to first dry seed. Large productive plants bearing 5 to 6 inch pods. Seeds look like a large version of "Magpie" Magpie and Jumbo cross. Introduced and named by the late Robert Lobitz.

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Weaver

Packet Size 35 Seeds $4.00

Pole/Snap. 66 days to snaps. Productive variety of long flattened pods. Introduced by a west coast seed company in the 1920's. Dry seed said to make a good soup bean.

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Weiner Treib

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry. From the bean collection of Astrid Storm of Jevenstedt, Germany. Her collection can be seen at Bohnen-atlas.de.

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White Robin

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Semi-Runner/Dry. 112 days to dry seed in our 2012 heat and drought. Tall viney plants produce 6 to 7 inch pods with 6 to 7 seeds per pod. Another Robert Lobitz introduced and named variety. Similar to a bean I grew back in the 80's called Lila Stuart, except this one is a lighter shade of red.

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White Turkey

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Half Runner/Dry. Climbs to about 6 feet. 100 days to first dry pods. The remaining pods dry within about 3 weeks. Productive bean with 4.5 inch green pods. Produces slightly smaller seeds than a navy bean. Distantly related to Turky Craw through a cross and a segregation. Received a black and white cross from Dave Christensen from the Central Tree Crop Research Trust of New Zealand in 2011. I grew that black and white bean one time and it threw off this white one that has grown true ever since. Good for soup and baked beans. I personally like the taste of the white ones for soup.

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Willmar Pinto

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. Blossom pink. Productive compact plants grow to about 16 inches. One of the many original varieties from the late Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Minnesota, located in Stearns county. Robert released this bean through the Seed Savers Exchange (Decorah, Iowa) yearbook in 1999.

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Witzenhausen

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Dry. 84 days to first dry pods. Then pods dry sequentially. Very productive with large pod set and large volume of beans produced. Another of the lovely beans acquired from Deaflora in Germany via Harriet Mella of Austria.

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Yellow Bird

( seed is currently not available )

Semi Runner/Dry. A viney plant that will climb a bit as it matures with 2 to 3 foot runners. Very productive of 4 inch pods. The bean comes out of and is related to Bird Egg and Bird Egg #2.

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Yellow Orange

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Dry. I had not grown this bean for 38 years. Growing it again I relived memories of some of my first bean gardens shortly after becoming a member of the Seed Savers Exchange. I found these to have fairly short pods about 4 inches long, and seeds crowded close in the pods as evident by the flattened seed ends. An old variety that no one seems to know any history of this variety.

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Zumbro Falls

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Snap. Another cultivar in the large bean legacy of the Late Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Minnesota. Robert named the bean after the little town of Zumbro Falls a little over 200 population in Wabasha county in southeastern Minnesota.

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Zuni Shalako

( seed is currently not available )

Semi-Runner/Dry. 107 days for dry seed. Viney spreading plants Seedcoat is patterned similar to New Mexico Red Appaloosa, Gila, and a few others. Used in late fall visitation of the Shalako Kachina for directional blessings of new dwellings in Zuni Pueblo.