Bean, Black Coco (Phaseolus vulgaris) - 30 Seeds

This triple-treat bean is a joy to grow because it's so easy. Plants reach 2' high and produce 5" round pods with plump shiny black seeds that are easy to shell. The coco bean can be harvested young as a green bean, then it becomes an excellent shell bean, but it's even better as a soup bean or refried bean. It grows larger than other black beans and it is harvested early! Known as a French heirloom with an origin possibly in Nicaragua and Honduras, these beans didn't become popular until the mid-1900s when the French overcame their aversion to the way these beans impart a dark color to other ingredients when cooked.

•Open Pollinated
•American grown seeds
•Shell: 60 days, Dry 85 days
•Zones 3-9

Growing Instructions:
Tender, will not survive frost. Plant seeds 3–4" apart in rows 24–30" apart after all danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Though it can be fun to grow “climbing” beans on tripods or sunflowers, many folks grow them on 6–8" fencing. Plant 3–4" apart along the fence. Alternative support, plant about 5 seeds to a tripod, or 2 seeds to a sunflower. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°; optimal range 60–80°. White-seeded beans are generally more sensitive to cold soil temps than dark-seeded varieties. Legumes have moderate fertility needs and can fix their own nitrogen.

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