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BEANS — All beans except soy and fava originated in the New World.
NEW WORLD CORN — Corn originated in Central American long before European contact. Hundreds of varieties are still grown in Mexico, Gradually, though, they are being displaced by genetically modified (GM) corn from the United States.
SQUASH/GOURDS — Gourds, pumpkins and squash have been been used for food, tools and utensils for millennia. Squash are hard-skinned/winter (like pumpkins) or soft-skinned/summer varieties (like zucchini). The origin of heirloom varieties is unknown but are assumed to be from South and Central America and Mexico.
MISCELLANEOUS SEEDS — Seeds gifted to us are offered as well, and will be noted as such.
An old-fashioned food staple, Red Good Mother Stallard beans have been maintained by the Drowns family over several generations.
Red Calypso beans were grown every summer by the first Midwest settlers. They are appreciated for their unusual roasted, smoky flavor.
True Red Cranberry beans originated in Maine, and served as a staple of the Abenaki Indians and lumbermen in the North-eastern United States.
Black Good Mother Stallard beans are a black with white strain from the Red Good Mother Stallard, isolated by Saverine Creek Heirlooms in 2004.
Black Nightfall is a beautiful bean, with dark cream to gray shading to black, reminiscent of the waning light of evening. Its origin, sadly, is lost in the past.
Brockton horticultural beans were first introduced in 1885 and are now used as a dry shelled bean. They are a lovely dusty pink with maroon-speckled markings.
The shiny black Cherokee Trail of Tears bean was carried by the Cherokee Indians on their forced journey of relocation, which began in Georgia in 1838 and during which over 4,000 Cherokees died.
Paint Dry beans are closely related to the famous Yellow Eye. This variety is one of the historic open-pollinated varieties we are helping to preserve. (Open-pollinated means you can plant the seeds you save).
Violet's Multicolored Butter Bean was saved by four generations of Violet Brady Westbrook's Bank's County, Georgia family. Similar to limas but smaller, this lovely, delicious bean is grown mainly in the southern US.
Scarlet Emperor runner beans (named in 1906) have been cultivated for many centuries in the cool, misty highlands of Central America where they grow as perennials. They were introduced to Europe as early as the 1600s.
Spanish Tolosana beans, also known as "The Prince", were carried by early Spanish missionaries from the New World to the Old. Today, this bean is rare in the New World, and is not preserved in either Canadian or USA gene banks.
Hopi Purple String beans (a/k/a Rio Zape) have been found in the Anasazi cliff-dwelling ruins in the USA southwest. This bean is purple with black and crescent moon-shaped stripes. Light brown and yellow colors and patterns are a variant.
Tiger's Eye beans are believed to have originated in Chile or Argentina over 100 years ago. This variety is one of the historic open-pollinated varieties we are helping to preserve. Open-pollinated means you can plant the seeds you save.)
Turkey Craw beans are the dominant pole bean grown within a 100 mile radius of Cumberland Gap, where the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia meet. We obtained this seed on a 2010 visit to the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center in Berea, Kentucky.
A Prince Edward Island, Canada legend tells Jacob's Cattle beans were gifted from Passamaquoddy Indians to Joseph Clark, the first white child born in Lubec, ME. Named from Jacob and his cattle (Genesis 30: 25-43), these beauties are white with maroon or gold.
Christmas Lima beans originated in Peru, first recognized in the 1840's. This bean is also known as Chestnut Bean because of its flavor. The maroon markings remain even after cooking. Christmas Limas are now adapted to the high desert region of the American Southwest.
A rare variety, Bosnian Pole beans emigrated from its home country with refugees from the 1990's Bosnian war. This fat-podded Romano type is a very tasty snap bean. At harvest, the bean has two colors, but as it cures it becomes tri-colored. Very few bean varieties with this characteristic.
Magpie beans were developed in France and then reintroduced to the United States around 1905. They gained the name "magpie" because they resemble the bird with its dark back and like breast. We received this seed as a gift from Louise Godbold of Holt, MI, who grew it many years in her garden.
While similar to the True Cranberry in shape, the extremely rare and beautiful Cranberry Flieder bean is a collector bean from Europe. It is distinguished by its lilac background and clear, dark purple markings. The plant is a vigorous pole bean growing to seven feet. The cooked dry bean has a creamy texture.
The Painted Lady Scarlet Runner bean, known since 1596, is said to refer to Queen Elizabeth I's rouge and white chalk make-up. Thomas Jefferson planted them at Monticello in 1812. This bean regained popularity in England during the 1850s. (We received our initial seeds from a customer in Charlevoix, Michigan.)
Mandan Bride corn (zea mays) originated with the Mandan Indians of Minnesota and North Dakota. It is difficult to grow and is prized for its flavor and nutrition.
Oaxacan Green Dent has been grown as one of the three sisters (corn, squash and beans) for centuries by the Zapotec Indians of southern Mexico. It is used to make green tamales.
Earth Tones Dent is a recent selection of soft colors from a Traditional Native American hard flint dent grinding corn. The kernels are dark orange, gold, blue, green, pink and everything in-between.
Hopi Blue Flour corn has been grown for hundreds of years by Hopi Indians of the American Southwest. Sweeter and nuttier than other corns, with about 20% more protein, it's used in making cornmeal, blue tortillas and chips.
Hopi Magenta Parching corn, grown by the Hopi Indians in the North American Southwest, is prepared for food by first drying and then dry-roasting kernels, making “corn nuts” that can be stored great lengths of time.
We obtained this beautiful Pipian squash seed during a visit to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Mansfield, MO. Jere Gettle, founder of the company, collected this seed from a gentleman at a roadside stand near Tuxpan, Mexico. Produces a 6 LB winter squash.
Cushaw squash (Curcubita mixta) variety "Green Striped" has been cultivated as a native Mesoamerican food staple for at least 7,000 years. Thomas Jefferson grew this variety at Monticello. Abraham Lincoln's family grew the white-skinned version of Cushaw.
Texas Mountain Laurel seeds (mescal beans) were used in Central and Southern US indigenous ceremonies and regalia. It is poisonous if eaten. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS! ••• This seed was not grown by Saverine Creek.
Job's Tears "beads" are the seed cases of a grass from East Asia that can be grown in the U.S. Some cultures use Job's tears as pacifiers and believe a string will guard against a baby's teething pain.
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