Seeds Per Packet ~ 50
Germination: 97% (Packed for 2023)
DAYS TO MATURITY: 80-90 days for dried bean PLANT DESCRIPTION: (Phaseolus vulgaris) Possessing a bushy growth pattern, these plants showcase small white or lavender flowers before progressing to the formation of pods housing the beans. The maturation period for navy beans typically spans 80 to 90 days, rendering them a comparatively swift-growing crop. Flourishing in well-drained soil with effective moisture retention, they thrive best under full sun conditions to optimize their growth. To promote robust plant development, proper spacing and support may be necessary.
HISTORY: Navy beans are compact, oval-shaped legumes renowned for their versatility and popularity within the legume family. The moniker "navy beans" stems from their historical connection to the United States Navy, serving as a staple food for sailors during the 19th century. These beans boast a fascinating lineage, tracing back to ancient periods when indigenous peoples in the Americas first cultivated them.
NUTRITIONAL VALUE: Navy beans, renowned for their delectable taste and versatility in various dishes, also offer a wealth of nutritional benefits. These beans are a powerhouse of plant-based protein, making them an excellent choice for individuals seeking protein diversity in their diet. Additionally, navy beans are a rich source of dietary fiber, promoting digestive health and contributing to a feeling of fullness. They contain essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, and phosphorus, crucial for maintaining optimal bodily functions, including oxygen transport, bone health, and energy metabolism. Navy beans also provide a notable amount of folate, a B vitamin important for cell division and DNA synthesis.
FOOD PREP: Navy beans can be simmered on the stovetop, slow-cooked in a crockpot, or pressure-cooked for a faster option. Infuse the cooking water with herbs, garlic, or a bay leaf to impart additional flavors. These beans serve as a versatile ingredient in soups, stews, salads, and side dishes, adapting to various culinary styles. Experiment with different seasonings and cooking techniques to create delectable dishes that showcase the wholesome and hearty nature of navy beans.
GROWING TIPS: Annual. Beans prefer full sun, at least 6-8 hours a day. The soil temperature should be above 60°F before planting for best germination rates, and they do best with soil temperatures in the 70-80°F range. Beans don’t need the best soil conditions to thrive as they are often used to improve soil conditions because they will fix nitrogen in the soil. The preferred soil pH is about 5.8 to 6.5. Green beans can be successfully grown in containers.