Tepary Bean, Sacaton Brown (Organic)
Phaseolus acutifolius. Orange-Tan. 85 days.
Tepary beans are small, flat beans, traditionally grown by Native Americans in the desert Southwest. Amazingly drought and heat tolerant, they prefer sandy alkaline soils, but Sacaton Brown performed very well for us even in our relatively heavy, acidic soil and cool climate. Tepary beans have more protein and higher fiber than common beans, and maintain their shape when cooked. This variety comes to us via Native Seeds/SEARCH, who says it is commercially cultivated by the Gila River Indian Community where it is known as S’oam bawi.