Ripening

Watch for the pods to shrivel and dry on the vine.

A completely dry bean should shatter when crushed. If you can make a mark with your fingernail they aren't dry enough.

When and How

Seed Pods, 1-14 days after maturity

These are gathered after the pods have shriveled and dried on the vines (you can sometimes hear the seeds rattle). If you have only a small quantity they can be gathered by individual pods, but for larger harvests pick the whole plants and lay them on a tarp to dry. Carefully thresh out the seeds to free them from the pods and then dry thoroughly.

Plants/person:

15.0

Yield/plant:

0.1-0.3lbs

Yield/sq. ft.:

0.3-1.0lbs

Fruit Size:

4.0"

Exterior Color:

Maroon and white

Interior Color:

Nutrition:

Beans are rich in iron and potassium.