Artisan Jewelry from Hand Sown and Harvested Organic Heirloom Seeds

Seed of the Month focuses on the heirloom stars of our jewelry designs

Each month, Saverine Creek Heirloom Seed Jewelry focuses on a bean or seed to introduce you to the little beauties around which we center our designs.

Late November/December 2017 introduces you to the Turkey Craw Bean.

Crazy name, I know, but a beauty of a seed with its autumn earth tones of tan and buff with dark speckles. The story is that it was first discovered by a hunter in the craw of a turkey. This may be a tall tale since I've heard it attributed to a couple other varieties but we think both the name and colors make it a good choice for Fall holiday jewelry.

Turkey Craw beans were widely grown in areas of Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina in the years preceding WWII, after which they fell from favor and nearly became extinct. Now they are the dominant pole bean grown within a 100 mile radius of Cumberland Gap, where the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia meet. It grows from 8 to 12 feet tall. It is eaten whole or as fresh shelled.

We obtained our first of this seed on a 2010 visit to the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center in Berea, Kentucky.

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