Alfred Watling Pole Bean
(Phaseolus vulgaris); Heirloom; an Indiana Connection variety; an Ohio Connection variety; Pole bean; Multi-use: snap, shelly and dry; Minimum 20 seeds
This late 19th century pole bean was a variety offered by Indianapolis' J.M. Hartman and Daughters Seed Company. How cool is that? A "and Daughters" company! It entered the seed saving community through the family of Alfred Watling of Springfield, OH; by way of Ruth Spencer, New Carlisle OH.
At the snap stage, the large pods are flat and green, as they plump up for shellies, the somewhat "puffy" pods yellow and sport an occasional red stripe. Harvested when dry, pods shell to reveal large kidney style beans that make flavorful pantry staples. Vines are not overly aggressive.