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(Phaseolus vulgaris); Indigenous heirloom; Pole bean; Multi-purpose: snap, shelly, or dry bean; Minimum 20 seeds
A Vermont heirloom and descendant of the Horticultural Lima bean, Dolloff beans are the namesake of Ray Dolloff who hailed from Burke Hollow, Vermont. West Burke resident Hattie Gray recalled walking as a child with her mother in the 1920's to get seed from Roy to plant in their garden. She grew Dolloff beans for 60 years, famously sharing them at church suppers as baked beans. In 1985 seed was gifted to Leigh and Phillip Hurley who then circulated it in the wider Seed Savers Exchange Seed Exchange Network. Our stock came from a Vermont seed saver.
Productive vines easily reached the top of an 8-foot trellis to yield an abundance of 6 inch pods holding 6-7 beans each. Versatile, the beans are delicious as a snap bean or shelly but they excel as a savory, hearty dry bean. Earned a coveted place on our “must-grow” list.
This New England heirloom variety is identified by Frederick M. Wiseman's Seeds of Renewal Project as an Abenaki native bean; learn more about the Seeds of Renewal Project.