(Glycine max); aka Black Pearl; Heirloom; non-GMO*; Bush; Fresh; Dry bean; Minimum 25 seeds
Soybeans are a centuries old mainstay of Asian diets that excel as low-maintenance nutrition sources in one's garden. Not only are they good for the gardener, they are good for the garden too as they replenish the soil as nitrogen-fixers. Stocky 30-inch bushes become laden with copious amounts of plump slightly furry pods that hold 2-3 ebony seeds apiece. The pods are held aloft above the leaves. We harvest some fresh for maodou / edamame and allow the rest to mature on the plants for dry beans. Silky sweet antioxidant rich black seeds are perfect as a cooked bean, or for spreads, homemade soy milk, tofu and miso. Black seeded varieties tend to germinate better in colder soils, an advantageous quality for northern gardens.
* Our stock seed was sourced from a colleague who guarantees GMO-free status and our gardens are many miles from commercial soybean growers.