Hungarian Rice Bean
(Phaseolus vulgaris) Heirloom; Bush bean; Dual purpose: dry or snap; Minimum 50 seeds
A variety introduced in 1854 at the Paris Exposition, William Woys Weaver is credited with bringing the original strain of Hungarian Rice Bean to the States. Despite its diminuitive size, Hungarian Rice Bean is prolific! The dwarf bushes produce an abundance of slender, 4-inch, heartily nutty, string-less snaps that stay tender during a long picking window. Left on the plant, pods dry down to yield tiny seeds that cook like rice. Perfect for container gardening, small sized plots and intensive spacing.
A dry bean harvest note - the pods shrink tightly around the seeds, so waiting until they are very dry makes shelling easier.