Jacob’s Cattle Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Named for the spotted cows in the biblical story, this beautiful merlot-mottled bean was originally developed by the Passamaquoddy, an indiginous tribe in Maine. It’s now a go-to for northeastern baked beans as it grows well in cool summer climates.
- 40 seeds minimum
- Germination: 7-21 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 3-4” apart; space row 2-3’ apart.
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Great germination rate. When I started shelling these beans after they dried, I was curious why I had so few Jacob's Cattle beans, then I remembered that I every time I walked by these beans during the summer I picked a few pods to eat. I don't know if that was good or bad but they sure tasted good when they were green.