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Calypso Beans

I don't know about you, but I'm starting to get really antsy about getting my garden going for the year!  We are currently making plans, preparing the beds, and making lists of which seeds we want to order and how much of each thing we want to plant!  I figured while I was doing that, I would share some of my favorite things we planted last year.  I'll begin with the stately Calypso Bean! 

Beans in jar 

I purchased mine at Annie's Heirloom Seeds last year and we just thought these were such fun!  Due to their color pattern, they are also called "Orca" beans or "Yin Yang Beans"

I will admit that we planted them largely because I thought they were pretty.  After we harvested them, I filled a mason jar with the beautiful beans and refused to cook them for a few months because they were too pretty to cook!  Once I finally realized that it was time to cook them, I realized that aside from their good looks, they are a tasty bean as well!

 Bean in Hand 

Now don't be disappointed, I'm warning you now.  The color fades to a sort of "pinto" brown when they cook.  You can still see the pattern, but in a faint brown-on-brown monochrome.  To me, they tasted just like pinto beans and I cooked them in the same way I would cook pintos, but I thought they were a little larger.  They were great in chili and I fully intend to plant more this year! 

What about you?  Do you have any favorite must-have varieties that I should try this year in my garden?

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nebraska dave
2/28/2013 4:44:42 AM

Heather, beans beans, I love beans. Any kind of beans. Big fat lima beans or small tiny beans, they're all good. Even pork and beans are staple for me. There's nothing like a thick bean soup with a few potatoes and slices of carrots on a cold winter day. Seven bean salad will cold down the hot summer day. Then there's the coffee bean and cocoa bean. Yeah, ok, that's a stretch. Of course one of my favorite is the green bean. I could go on and on but I better just calm down. Have a great bean day.