This Native American pole bean tracing to the Delaware-Lenape Nation produces 4-inch pods that ripen red-black to black, then turn dark brown. The blue-black seeds are used as a dry bean for soups, stews, and even as refried beans. They are also ground to make flour for cornbreads and as a dye. The vines reach 8 to 10 feet in length and seeds mature in 120-135 days. These beans were developed to grow on corn so they are also ideal for a Three Sisters Garden. Our seeds originated from Mary Thomas whom received these beans from her mother Rebecca whom got the seed at Pennsbury Manor about 1906 from Mahlon Moon, a Quaker interested in horticulture and local history. Shackamaxon refers to a place along the Delaware River in present day Kensington of Philadelphia. Related closely to Blue Shackamaxon bean. This bean represents a relic from the ancient genepool that gave way to the "Trail of Tears" bean known from the Cherokee. 30-40 seeds per packet.
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