Seed Saver's Exchange: cooking vs. seed beans?

nick_b79(4/5 Southeast MN)August 30, 2013

I see that Seed Saver's Exchange has some of the beans I want to try as both regular seed packs, and listed as "cooking beans".

Regular vegetable seed beans:

Cooking beans:

From my experience, dry beans purchased in the grocery store will sprout and grow just as well as beans packaged specifically for gardeners. For example, a 1-lb bag of pinto beans from the dollar store worked wonderfully as a green manure planting this summer to revitalize the soil after I took out my beets, radishes and peas in late June.

The cooking beans are slightly cheaper than the vegetable bean seeds. What is the difference here? Why can't I just buy the cooking beans for planting and save myself a few dollars?


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If you want to grow for dry type beans, The "cooking" beans should do fine. Not as much care is given to maintaining true seed but that is the major difference. Of course if you are growing snap beans, you will not find them in the dry bean section.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 11:50AM
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