(Phaseolus vulgaris); Heirloom; a Michigan Connection variety; Bush bean with runners; Dry bean; Minimum 20 seeds
We are excited to offer this fabulous soup bean with its Michigan connection. The Odawa bean traces its origins to the gardens and cooking fires of the Odawa or Ottawa people of Michigan's northwest Lower Peninsula. From the Anishinaabe "adaawe" (to trade), Odawa means "traders" and these beans found their way into the neighboring Ojibwe, Hidatsa and European communities. White flowers give way to an abundance of large wide pods. Plump oval beans are predominately white with a patch of patterned speckling in shades of brown around the hilum. Direct seeded the last week of May, we were harvesting dry beans mid-August. The plants benefit from having a support for their runners.