Hidatsa Shield Figure Bean (Phaseolus lunatus)
Pale cream with a gold saddle, these pole beans are both distinctive and delicious. They get their name from the Hidatsa tribe of the Missouri River Valley in North Dakota, where this heirloom was traditionally planted alongside corn and squash.
- 20 seeds minimum
- Germination: 7-10 days
- Maturity: 90 days
- Direct sow 1-1 ½” deep in full sun after danger of frost has passed. Beans need soil temperatures between 75-85° F to sprout.
- Space plants 3-6” apart; space row 2-3’ apart.
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This is a great soup bean. Trouble-free vines, along with easy shelling of harvested pods. Even the Japanese beetles spared these leaves while devouring the green beans growing nearby. One small packet of seeds produced just over one pound of shelled beans.
What a fun bean to grow! The seed germinated reliably, the plant grew easily with big leaves, the early pods with up to 6 beans, were delicious to eat, and when left to dry on the vine, it crisped up beautifully. Not to mention the beautiful beans itself. The beans have a nice buttery flavor, but doesn't fall apart and become mushy, making it a great bean for dishes with liquid.