Heritage Status: New Zealand
Bio-Region of Origin: New Plymouth
Number of Seeds: 25
Description: Climber, green, shelly, dry: This is a stunning looking bean, sent to us by Mary Vinnicombe of New Plymouth who was given it by a neighbour. It is round like the Pean, and white with a distinctive maroon patch on one end. It is an ideal shellout bean which can also be dried. Like many other shellout beans they don’t seem to be very tall climbers, growing only to 2m.
It looks like the Calypso or Yin Yang bean but the coloured part is maroon coloured. I believe this is an ancient bean but have never seen another in overseas seed collections. would love to know more about this bean!
Description in the Seed Savers Exchange 2011 Yearbook “White seed with purple (maroon) patch over hilum covering about half of the seed coat, attractive, deserves preservation, collected from the late Elizabeth Miller of Norridgewock, ME, who said the variety went back to pre-Civil War times, deep roots in the area, indeed she believed it might have originated in the original Abnaki village of Norridgewock, which was destroyed by English settlers in the 1700’s.
Planting Instructions: Scatter sow into seed trays and transplant at 10 cm spacing under trellis as soon as second leaves appear. This will avoid all problems iwth birds, slugs, snails and rotting in cold ground.