Seneca Corn Hill Bean
(Phaseolus vulgaris); Heirloom; (aka Mayflower, Amish Nuttle); Pole bean; Boarded on Slow Food's Ark of Taste as Mayflower Bean; Minimum 30 seeds
A well established member of Six Nations Three Sisters Gardens, this cornstalk variety was first offered commercially in 1802 by Bernard McMahon. Short, knobby pods hold small seeds known as cutshorts for their squarish shape and are a staple for baking, stews and soups. Traditionally grown for many years in Amish gardens, the bean is also known as Amish Nuttle. Boarded on Slow Food's Ark of Taste, the variety has a third name, Mayflower, for the historical anecdote that it arrived with the Pilgrims on the famous ship. A polite and productive climber in our Michigan gardens.
Please see Dr. Jane Mt. Pleasant's Food Yield and Nutrient Analyses of the Three Sisters: A Haudenosaunee Cropping System for an informative discussion on the benefits of the Three Sisters gardening method.