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Tegucigalpa Slippery Silks Bean (20 seeds) (JS179) $3.00
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Tegucigalpa Slippery Silks Bean

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(Phaseolus vulgaris) This bean is reputed to be one of the smoothest skinned beans. It is extensively grown in Honduras and is the basis for national dishes. It has a very thin delicate skin and is traditionally cooked up on wood fires by country folk. The bean has a remarkable property in that they cook up quick and can be heated up many times without turning to mush. Here is an excerpt taken from the Los Angeles Times from 1999: “ Their focus is on the red silk bean, a remarkable legume that softens enough to eat after just an hour and a half of cooking. Unlike other beans, it retains its texture through reheatings. Thus, it is perfectly suited to the Central American countryside, where families must gather wood to keep the cooking fire burning. By cooking a big batch of beans and reheating them for several days, they save fuel and time.” So this bean is a really neat heirloom and should be great to cultivate in most parts of the US.

Tegucigalpa Slippery Silks Bean
Overall Rating:
Number of Reviews: 1
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Medaryville, IN, United States
January 5, 2017
Tegucigalpa Slippery Silk
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5

What are the pros? Prolific

What are the cons? Slow to start blooming here.


This bean grew as a half-runner in my zone 5 Indiana garden. I first grew it in 2016 and it was a bit slow in beginning to bloom, I think that is a day length consideration, that can be worked out over a few generations. In spite of that, I was able to grow out enough to plant more of them this year. Sadly, my seed is no longer pure, as it was inadvertently mixed with seed I brought back from a market in Zambrano, Honduras.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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