This heirloom classic is used both as a snap bean when young and as a dry bean
when mature. It is known by many aliases, such as Golden Cranberry, Yellow Pea Bean,
and Sulphur Bean, and was mentioned for the first time in European garden books in
1821. The name refers to the color of the bean (Nankeen yellow) not that it originated in
China. Seed savers should select for the darkest yellow beans.
Since it is a compact bush bean growing 16 to 18 inches tall (often with a 3 foot
runner), with 4 to 5 inch pods containing as many as 7 seeds per pod, the heavy
productivity of this variety has always recommended it to traditional gardeners. Allow 90
to 95 days for the harvest of the dry beans.