The New Mexico Cave Snap Pole Phaseolus vulgaris. Mid-season vines with excellent 6 inch snap pods, found buried in a cave in a clay pot, sealed with pine pitch and C-14 dated to 1500 years ago. Brown and white mottled seeds.
New Mexico Cave Snap Pole Phaseolus vulgaris
These beans may or may not have been grown by the ancient Anasazi in the US Southwest. But the unconfirmed story that they were found in a cave by archaeologists, then sprouted, is pure marketing fantasy. Even 50 year old beans won’t sprout, never mind 800+ year old beans. In any case, they are a sweet tender bean with a thin skin and good light flavor. A good choice for salads as they absorb dressings well.
Phaseolus vulgaris, the common bean (also known as the string bean, field bean, flageolet bean, French bean, garden bean, green bean, haricot bean, pop bean, or snap bean), is a herbaceous annual plant. Grown worldwide for its edible dry seed (known as just “beans”) or unripe fruit (green beans). Raw or under cooked beans contain the toxin phytohaem agglutinin. Its leaf is also occasionally used as a vegetable and the straw as fodder. Its botanical classification, along with other Phaseolus species, is as a member of the legume family Fabaceae, most of whose members acquire the nitrogen they require through an association with rhizobia, a species of nitrogen-fixing bacteria.