Re: [gardeners] harvesting dry beans

Liz (
Thu, 17 Sep 1998 08:28:31 +0000

Margaret Lauterbach <> wrote:

> Has anyone grown beans for harvest as dry beans? 

When I lived in the long-season south I let them dry on the vine.  Up 
here, the crop I planted early got to dry on the vine but the crop I 
planted late dried in the basement.  I didn't plant the seed this 
year but the bulb witch did.  She got good germination.  As long as 
the pods are mature I don't think it much matters.

Margaret, did you know that there's a place in Idaho that has a huge 
number of heirloom beans for sale?  I have to track down the name of 
the place -- Sunset mentioned it in an issue earlier this year and I 
threw out my old Sunsets while cleaning house.  (See, I knew there 
was a reason not to clean house.)  As I recall they were somewhere 
near Boise.  

They sell beans for consumption and it occured to me that the smart 
thing to do might be to buy a 1/2 pound of some of the beans I'm 
interested in just to taste them and then decide if I want to grow 

I don't know if you are aware of this but they are growing more and 
more garbanzo beans on the Palouse these days.  I've been mighty 
tempted to try them myself, mostly because I read about how 
incredibly delicious they are when cooked as fresh shell beans.