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Tashkent Brown & White Bean

These beans were sold to us by an Azerbaijani woman who said that they came from farmers in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This is a very impressive large sized bean that seems to be perfectly suited for cold cooked bean salads and soups. The habit of the bean is not known, it could be a bush or it could be a vine. Order it now!







Hashuli Brown & White Bean

This bean was offered by a farmer in the main Tbilisi market in Georgia. The farmer said that they came from a village called Hashuli and that they were very special beans. We could only acquire a small quantity. Please grow these beans and share them with friends. Order it now!







Surami Dry Pea

In the market in Zestafoni, a village in the central Asian republic of Georgia, a stout red-faced woman was standing offering all kinds of "garden" delights, including these peas old fashioned soup peas. Dry soup peas were once common throughout Europe and in America during the colonial period. Peas are of prime food value and make for hearty soups and good eating during the long winter months. Order it now!






Kare Grandma Bean

This spectacularly beautiful bean was collected in the Gori market in the Central Asian republic of Georgia. Georgians love beans and they grow lots of them. It is suspected that most of the beans collected in Georgia are pole types. After planting in your garden it will be quite easy to determine the habit of these beans: if after a few weeks they start to "reach" for the sky, all you have to do is stake them and let them do their magic. Most pole beans are quite prolific and fast maturing so they are great "experimental" plants for the home garden. Order it now!






Tashkent Bean

Collected in the market of Tbilisi, Georgia. An Azerbaijani woman who sold us this beautiful bean said that she got it from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The bean has a ying-yang like pattern of white and rose and magenta. The growth habit is unknown, but if the young plants start vining after a few weeks, simple staking will ensure success. Order it now!






Ijevan #1 Red Runner Bean

This is the first of two varieties of runner beans offered by a tiny farm woman in Ijevan, Armenia. Order it now!








Volta White Maize

White maize or corn is ubiquitous throughout the world. The impact of maize on the human condition is impossible to overstate: maize is responsible for the wellbeing and survival of billions of people on the planet that we share. Each region has its own varieties or landraces that are adapted to local conditions. This landrace is commonly grown throughout the Volta River region of Ghana. Virtually every meal features this maize in one form or another, whether it is akple or kenkey used to scoop food out of soup bowls, or it is in stews such as ayibli made with beans and groundnuts, or it is made into porridge for breakfast, or to prepare alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks called aliha. The versatility of white maize in the local diet is astounding and, for the local Ewe people, it is impossible to imagine life without it. Every square meter of growing space is used to grow it, even in open rooms of buildings under construction as long as there is soil, light and water! This Volta White landrace is a starch corn for dry processing and it is not eaten fresh like sweet corn, although it is sometimes roasted or boiled and eaten on the cob. Order it now!




Avakli Bean

A traditional favourite of the Ewe people of the Volta region of West Africa. Harvest time is eagerly anticipated when the beans, along with maize and groundnuts, are cooked in seasonal dishes such as ayibli and ayikple. The mottled beans are commonly cooked whole or they are first roasted and ground and then cooked to make nutritious stews and breakfast porridge. Drought resistant and sweeter tasting than other beans. Traditionally planted in May or June and harvested in August. Order it now!






Torkuviahe Bean

An old variety grown by the Ewe people of West Africa. As far as we know only a few farmers in the Lake Volta region are still growing it. Beautiful small red beans are borne in long straight pale-yellow pods. Traditionally cooked in stews or simply cooked with rice and served with any spicy fish, meat or vegetable sauce on top. Can also be eaten like string beans when young and tender.Order it now!







Purple Rain Bush Bean

The late Robert Lobitz, a bean collector and breeder extraordinaire, developed and named this variety in honour of fellow Minnesotan, Prince, whose song "Purple Rain," and album and movie of the same title, solidified his status as a pop music icon. The original material for this bean came from a sample of beans that Lobitz received from a seed bank in Germany and from that he selected this unique variety. It is a productive bush variety that matures early, and as Robert was always quick to insist, it is beautiful too! So much did Robert admire the beauty of beans that he used to say "Beans are a poor man’s jewels." Order it now!





Munks Moroccan Garbanzo

This is the result of a search for the largest "brown" coloured garbanzos around. Coming from Morocco, this variety is perfect for hummus and all those good things that one makes with regular garbanzos. Order it now!







Opal Creek Beauty Snap Pea

This will make a pea lover out of you! The pods are almost a pastel-lemon yellow blend which makes them very attractive in mixed salads. When combined with other coloured snap peas like Purple Magnolia they add a decidedly exotic element to any salad or stir fry dish. The flavor is as good as they look! The vines grow up to 6 feet high, and are said to resist heat. The selection was named for an area of old growth forest in the northwest United States where the variety was first developed. Order it now!






Turkish Rocket

Turkish rocket is a member of the cabbage family. It comes back year after year and provides young tender leaves which are suited to cooking much like mustard greens. The larger older leaves tend to be too bitter for most palates, but the young leaves are very tasty. The flower stems and buds can also be harvested and are actually "sweetish," lending themselves to replace cabbage in recipes and as side dishes. A very hardy plant that likes sun and a good amount of water. Order it now!







Rose Creek Beauty Snap Bean

Variety developed by the late bean collector Robert Lobitz. Always a champion of the little guy, and of local communities of his native Minnesota, he liked to name his varieties after nearby localities. It is a early maturing bush bean and is very productive. A favourite snap bean for soups and bean salads. Order it now!






Green Beauty Snow Pea

An amazing snow pea with giant pods, still tender up to 6 inches long! The vines are vigorous, reaching heights up to 8 feet. The pods are used in stir fries, salads and just as a plain delicious snack! Order it now!






This article was originally published at Richters. Read the original article. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. This version of the article was originally published on GreenRecovery.org.