Vigna sinesis. This pretty little bean is the first cowpea I've had much sucess growing here in the Pacifc Northwest. During our average summer of 2016, I planted these in mid-May and harvested in late August. Productive and easy to harvest and thresh, with long pods held above the groud by short robust plants. Originally from a market in Palapye, Botswana, we credit our friends at Adaptive Seeds for discovering this gem. Grown organically but not certified.
FAVAS - Vicia faba
Fava beans are an exceptional over-wintering crop for the Pacific Northwest. Over-wintering favas provide the highest yields of any legume, the ability to double as a cover crop, and are tasty and high in protein. Favas are also tolerant of somewhat soggy soils so can be an option where other cover crops are not. Can be eaten as a shelled green bean or as a dry storage bean. 2 oz. packets.
GARBANZOS (aka CHICKPEAS) - Cicer arietinum
Garbanzo beans (chickpeas) are a cool-weather crop that is sown in the spring with peas and harvested during the mid-summer drought. Plants are typically about 2 feet tall. Garbanzos are one of the more nutritious members of the bean family - rich in protein, calcium, iron and B vitamins. Packets are 1 ounce and contain approximately 80 seeds.
This very early-maturing garbanzo has a black seed coat. It is very tasty with slightly chewy skins. Makes excellent, purple-hued hummus. Said to be originally from Afghanistan improved by WSU to tolerate cooler soils and light frosts. Reliably matures in the maritime northwest.
OSSI-Pledged Variety. Another gem from Carol Deppe, who messed around with numerous chickpeas before coming up with this "popbean". Similar in use to "nunas" (parchign beans) of latin america, these chickpeas can be roasted, parched, fried, or microwaved into a crunchy snacking bean, with a flavor more like a roasted nut than a boiled bean. Can also be cooked just like any other garbanzo/chickpea.
Hannan popbean is a self-supporting, 18" tall bush bean. We plant in April in the Northwest, and harvest in August. Later plantings give flowering on tiny plants, thus produce few seeds. Seedlings are freeze-hardy. Plant at or thin to 8 inches. Fairly drought-tolerant in the maritime Northwest. Selected buy Carol for production under organic conditions in Willamette Valley Oregon, hotbed of aphid-spread pea diseases. Highly resistant to soil borne diseases including Fusarium and to aphid-borne diseases.
LIMIT ONE PER PERSON in 2021 DUE TO SHORT SUPPLY AND HIGH DEMAND