Bush Dry Bean, Tiger’s Eye (Organic)
Phaseolus vulgaris. Tan Speckled. 90 days.
This was our most popular dry bean at farmer’s market. Stunningly beautiful, the large golden-orange beans are streaked with maroon and really catch the eye. But what keeps folks coming back for more is the eating quality: the tender skins nearly disappear, leaving a creamy and smooth texture perfect for soups, refried beans, chili, or any other bean dish. An heirloom originally from South America, said to be the same as Pepa de Zapallo. Indeterminate pod maturity makes this bean more suited to harvesting pods as they ripen rather than harvesting whole plants all at once.
Seed produced by White Oak Farm in Albany, Oregon.
Direct sow 1″ deep May through June in rows that are 1′ apart. Thin seedlings to 3-6″ spacing. Protect early sowings from frost. Stop irrigating in early August. Harvest beans from pods that are fully dry. Shell by hand, by dancing, or by driving on beans spread on a tarp. Winnow to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter.
Some cross-pollination may occur, but beans mostly self-pollinate. For more info on growing dry beans, check out our blog post at: seedambassadors.org/we-love-growing-dry-beans-you-might-too/