Dry Pole Bean - Chester Skunk (Certified Organic)
Phaseolus vulgaris. Gorgeous heirloom with large, flat, black and white striped and speckled seeds. Vigorous, productive vines with large pods grow at least 8 feet tall. Purported to have been grown and stewarded in the Finger Lakes of New York for centuries before Colombus arrived. Indigenous Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) ancestors have selected, saved and shared these beans for untold generations. The productivity and early maturity reflects that careful stewardship.
Our initial seed was passed on to us from the widow of a long-time bean seed steward who had this labeled as "Chester". Also known as Flagg Bean, Gail Flagg of Fort Kent, Maine, claims the bean had been grown for a long time in Chester, Vermont. It is likely that our strain of this variety comes from there.