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.

February 2018 introduces you to the Red Mescal Bean (Texas Mountain Laurel).

This month I'm talking about the stunning Mescal Bean! I was introduced to these seeds many years ago while visiting Nelson Yoder, then curator of the now-closed Michigan Magazine Museum. Nelson spent his winters in Texas where he gathered some of these seeds.

The Mescal Bean is a common name for the seed of the Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora). This evergreen shrub or small tree is usually multi-trunked and grows from a few feet tall to over 30 feet high but most often stops around 10-15 feet. The multitude of purple blossoms it produces in February and March have the aroma of grapes. Some say the fragrance is like grape Kool-Aid or the old-fashioned grape bubble gum. (Remember those fabulous grape flavored round gum balls we bought at the dime store when we were children? I sure do!) Mescal bean seeds are encased in a woody pod and are very hard.

Although the Mescal Bean is considered toxic if ingested, some native cultures use it in sacred rituals to induce visions. They also used it as trade, mostly to be used for ornamental purposes.

Thanks to the generosity of a friend and a couple of my customers, I have a good supply of these red seeds. I am so grateful for the kind people who take their time and effort to mail me seeds!

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