Giant Red Tarka Bean
(Phaseolus vulgaris); Heirloom; Bush bean; Dual use: shelly or dry; Minimum 20 seeds
A gorgeous Hungarian landrace collected in the Vasszilvagy region, Giant Red Tarka's stout bushes are prolific. Donated to the USDA germplasm reserve in 1987 by the Research Center for Agrobotany, the bean gained its English name from a Wisconsin seed saver - tarka is Hungarian for spotted. The large maroon and white piebald seeds are excellent fresh as shell beans or as hearty dry pantry staples. Direct seeded the first week of June, we were harvesting dry pods mid August. Looking forward to using these beauties in winter comfort cooking!