TEPARY BEAN, Sacaton Brown
Seeds per pack ~ 50
Germination: 94% (Packed for 2023)
Also known as "S’oam bawi" in the Gila River Indigenous Community, Sacaton Brown Tepary beans is a very rewarding bean to grow. Teparies are higher in protein and fiber than most other beans and prefer sandy, alkaline soils. This species of bean is very drought-tolerant and heat-loving bean. Plants have been known to grow to maturity in the desert on a single irrigation! We're very grateful to the indigenous people of the southwest for developing this bean and stewarding it for generations, even in the face of so much societal upheaval and oppression.
These beans mirror the resilience of their people.
GROWING NOTES: It grows best in full sun. To start, prepare the soil with a layer of compost or aged manure to provide nutrients and improve drainage. Plant the beans in well-drained soil 4-6 inches apart and 1-2 inches deep. Water regularly, but be sure to water only enough since this variety of beans does not tolerate standing water. Fertilize every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer and mulch around the plants to help retain moisture and reduce weeds. Harvest when the pods are dry and the seeds are dark-brown.