Pole Dry Bean, Khabarovsk (Organic)
Phaseolus vulgaris. Tan Speckled. 90 days.
These very large (XXL), round, speckled beans have a rich tan and purple-red color. Hands down the largest seeded bean in our collection other than favas and runner beans. The already large beans expand in size when cooked, making them even bigger. Large pods are nice for hand harvesting and processing, either as a fresh shelling bean or dry. Texture when cooked is reminiscent of delicious, creamy potatoes and the flavor has a good beany character. We sourced Khabarovsk in 2007 from Gerhard Bohl in Germany who told us it came from a fresh market in the city of Khabarovsk, Siberia in 1990. Aka, Chabarowsk.
Direct sow 1″ deep May through early June in rows that are 1′ apart. Thin seedlings to 3-6″spacing. Protect early sowings from frost. Requires trellising; try T-posts and bailing twine or plant a few weeks after corn or sunflowers for a natural trellis. Shell seeds from fully dry pods by hand or by dancing on them. Winnow to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter.
Some cross-pollination may occur, but beans mostly self-pollinate.