Phaseolus vulgaris. 55 days to green beans, 90 days to dry beans. 30 seeds per pack. Long vines climb to 10’ and produce tasty pods. Beans are large and kidney-shaped, white with maroon mottling and have a sweet, mild flavor when cooked. Multiuse, easy to cook variety that is a great dry shell bean that can also be used as a snap bean, just pick it early, when the pods start to plump, as you would any snap bean. The story associated with this bean varies among the heirloom community. Generally, the bean was said to have been found by a neighbor in a clay vessel sealed with pine tar/pitch and given to Jackie Clay in New Mexico. The site,supposedly the Folsom Indian Ruins, and the vessel were dated to about 500 CE, making the beans that miraculously germinated 1500 years old. This is the authentic 1500 Year Cave Bean, a.k.a. Aztec Cave Bean, New Mexico Cave Bean. Jacob's Cattle and Trout beans are NOT the same bean!
This variety is selected and maintained by Florida seed steward Mark Homesteader of Homestead Heirloom Gardens.
Via Jackie Clay herself: "When we lived in New Mexico, we were given a few seeds a neighboring rancher in Folsom, NM found in a sealed clay pot in an old Indian ruin in his pasture. The pot and contents were carbon dated back 1,500 years! I increased my store of these seeds, stunned by their productivity and the size of the beans. They are the size of the end of a man’s thumb! These beans are similar to a bean called 45/90 and we think they may be the same bean, grown by generations of a Missouri family. We love these beans we call Folsom Indian Ruin because of their initial “home "
What can be said of these beans is that they are indeed an old phenotype typical of the Southwestern indigenous communities and were grown in the area for thousands of years, having migrated up from Mexico-Central America. The time frame associated with the beans, 500 A.D./CE, is known to be the time many tribal communities in the Southwest were transitioning from hunter-gatherers to full time agriculturists. This "folk story" associated with this bean may not have true documentation as a paper trail, but it might just be an authentic local story from the native communities in the area passed down over generations of when this bean made it to the area.