Tepary Beans

jimster(z7a MA)October 11, 2008

Have you grown or eaten tepary beans? (Phaseolus acutifolius)

I have seldom seen them mentioned, although seeds are available for a couple of varieties I believe. Their claim to fame is their ability to grow in dry conditions, such as the desert South West. I know nothing about their eating quality.

Despite my location very far from the South West, tepary beans are kind of interesting to me because of the sandy, droughty soil here. I wonder if they would be well suited.


Here is a link that might be useful: Tepary Beans

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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Jim, I have not (yet) grown them, but I had a chance to observe them on Heritage Farm (SSE) in September. When I first saw them, I didn't know what they were; the plants were small-leaved & wispy, and looked like wild beans. They sprawled very close to the ground; I don't know if they would climb if given support. The pods are tiny, 2-3 inches long, and borne abundantly.

The cultivar I observed was a white-seed variety (can't remember the name) labeled as "virus-free". Apparently, most tepary beans are infected with bean mosaic virus, which is the reason that I have hesitated to grow them. If you intend to grow teparies, you might want to wait for a virus-free variety. Can't help you with a source yet, but I'll keep looking.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 12:27AM
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jimster(z7a MA)

I came across a source for LOTS of tepary beans. Becky mentioned it in her blog, Becky and the Beanstock.


Here is a link that might be useful: Native Seeds/SEARCH

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 12:50AM
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rdback(Z6 VA)


Nice source for Tepary beans (Phaseolus acutifolius). I updated the link below.

Did you ever give them a try in your neck of the woods?


Here is a link that might be useful: Native Seeds/SEARCH link

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 10:14AM
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jimster(z7a MA)

I haven't grown them yet. Now that I've been reminded, I may try them this year.


    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 5:14PM
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