The lentil bean, otherwise known among the Pennsylvania Dutch as Brown Lazy Wife, is perhaps one of the meatiest of all the old time pole beans. This bean was called lentil because it was cooked like an over-sized lentil (or even with true lentils), but also because when ground, it yielded a unique flour when combined with chinquapins (wild chestnuts) for Pennsylvania Dutch style dumplings, flat breads, and soups. Pole bean culture: allow 80 days for dry beans. Space 6 to 8 inches apart. Can be grown on sunflowers or tall corn. Plant early since this bean requires 80 days for dry seed. The traditional Pennsylvania Dutch planting day was June 4, which was called Buhnedaag (Bean Day) in dialect. Grown in genetic isolation for the Roughwood Seed Collection at Field’s Edge Farm, Litiz, Pennsylvania.