Hannah Freeman Bean
(Phaseolus vulgaris); a Pennsylvania Connection variety; Pole bean; Multi-purpose: snap, shelly or dry; Minimum 20 seeds
An indigenous heirloom stewarded by Hannah Freeman (1730-1802), known as Chester County Pennsylvania's last Lenni-Lenape resident. She was well known in the area and this bean is named in her honor. Tall vines are prolific producers of pods that average 7 inches, each holding 8-9 seeds. The bean's versatility, that it is used in every stage - as a young snap, shelled fresh or allowed to dry, makes obvious why Hannah preserved these beans.
Our original seed stock was grown at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation in neighboring Delaware County and sourced from a Pennsylvania seed saver.