Valena Italian/Kanawake Mohawk ????
Are these the same bean? I was looking for information on "Valena Italian" beans as they sounded like a bean I grew back in 1965 and unfortunately lost. The pictures of the seed looks very similar to the bean I had back then and now I've found this little bit of information on Folia...
"BruceF's Valena Italian Pole Bean Seeds x 1
Valena Italian(Kanawake Mohawk)
75-90 days - This bean is a family heirloom handed down to us from my wife's grandfather who is first generation American. Relatives in Italy are still growing this variety. It appears to have a diverse history.
Along with our personal history, a friend in Canada contacted us with another story about this variety. It was said to also be called 'Kanawake Mohawk' bean and supposed to have arrived in la Nouvelle-France with the Jesuits.
It is a dual-purpose bean that can be used young as a green bean or dried. The seeds are large, egg-shaped and tan with darker brown streaks. About 35 seeds per ounce."
Does anyone else have any history on this bean? Maybe I have found the bean I lost so many years ago. When it was given to me in 65 it came with the name "Italian Pole" and was told they tasted buttery as a green bean, I can't remember if they did or not. I've got my fingers crossed it's the same bean but will have to grow it out before I'll know for sure. I just acquired some "Kanawake Mohawk" so I'll know at the end of the season if this is the bean I lost.
The trouble with researching information on certain varieties I always find more heirlooms I want to try, it has become a slippery slope LOL.