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1500 Year Old Cave Bean (20 seeds) (BN177) $3.00
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1500 Year Old Cave Bean

         
 
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The amazing native bean reputedly found in a cave in New Mexico, in a clay pot sealed with pitch. When carbon dated the tests showed it to be 1500 years old! Long vines climb to 10’ and produce tasty pods. Beans are large and kidney-shaped, white with maroon mottling. Very rare collector’s bean. Our seed was raised by Medomak Valley High School Seed Preservation Project in southern Maine.
 
1500 Year Old Cave Bean
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 4
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Mamachu
Location:
Boydton, VA, United States
Date:
September 21, 2017
          5.0
 
very happy
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? tastes great

What are the cons? none

Review:

Due to the wet spring in our area we got a late start with these beans. Today I got my first real piccking of them and got about 2 gallons from an 8 ft. row. Will order more seeds and plant again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Mamachu
Location:
Boydton, VA, United States
Date:
September 18, 2017
          5.0
 
Good Beans
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? beautiful vines and blooms.

What are the cons? none

Review:

I am at the VA/NC border and we had a very wet spring. My beans got a late start but are now blooming very well. I picked some to cook as green beans and they are very good. My beans do have color which I think develops more after they get dry. I will diffently plant again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
RoyceTheRoll
Location:
Bristow, VA, United States
Date:
September 17, 2017
          3.0
 
Long Time Coming..
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

What are the pros? Beautiful plant,grows tall.

What are the cons? Too long to mature.

Review:

I planted these seeds in May in Virginia and didn't see a single blossom until August - no beans until September. Was expecting a much earlier crop and almost pulled them out due to zero blossoms. The beans are tasty but mine do not have the same mottled seed inside as planted so I question the 'heirloom' label. If you can wait 90 days, good bean. But now the daylight is less and the plants seem to be coming to their end. Small crop, disappointing really but could be due to weather/heat since other beans didn't do well this year either. Last year it was cucumbers, this year the beans. I will give these another try. I would only recommend these for others to give it a go knowing many things can cause a crop to low yield.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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26 out of 32 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Dave
Location:
Silver City, NM, United States
Date:
December 18, 2016
          5.0
 
Ancient Beans from New Mexico
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Ancient seed

What are the cons? none

Review:

I ordered some of these seeds today as they remind me of an episode from my childhood. I was raised in Southwest New Mexico and some friends of my family were early pioneers who had been in New Mexico since the late 1800's. The man had found a cave dwelling in the mountains probably 80 - 90 years ago now, and was perhaps the first to see the ruins for ages. He found a sealed pot in the cave and upon opening it found preserved large purple beans, sort of like lima beans. He planted them and they grew. He gave us a handful in the early sixties, but unfortunately they were lost over time. They are probably gone forever which is a heartbreak, as the old folks passed on many years ago. Hopefully these ancient beans you offer will be somewhat similar.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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