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Aztec Cave Bean Seeds


Aztec Cave Beans or New Mexico Cave Bean Seeds. Also known by some as Anasazi which is the trademarked name given by a milling company for this bean that has been cultivated by the people native to the present day Four Corner area of the United States for thousands of years. Heirloom Aztec Cave Bean has quite a long story as to it's history, that you can read below the description. A multi-purpose vegetable, Aztec Cave Bean is a dry shell variety of heirloom bean that can also be used as a snap bean, just pick it early, when the pods start to plump, as you would any snap bean. The strong pole type plants of Heirloom Aztec Cave Bean produce large amounts of wide flattened 7" pods. The beans of Aztec Cave Bean have a sweet, creamy flavor. For green snap beans harvest Heirloom Aztec Cave Bean pods at approximately 50 days.  They are a string bean so be sure to remove the strings before you enjoy your Heirloom Aztec Cave Beans.  This requires a little work, but the flavor is worth it.  For dry beans, pods are ready to pick when they are mature and dried down.  Heirloom Aztec Cave Bean are 90 days until full maturity.  Heirloom Aztec Cave Beans will easily cover a trellis.  When in bloom it looks like popcorn is popping out of the leaves.  The blooms of Aztec Cave start out a bright white and turn buttery yellow before they fall off.  Packet contains approximately 50 Heirloom Aztec Cave Bean seeds grown naturally with love and care.  Happy Planting!  Many seed resellers sell Jacob's Cattle Bean as Anasazi Bean.  This bean is NOT Jacob's Cattle or Trout Bean.  Jacob's Cattle Bean is a much larger bean, being nearly twice the size and the bean has splashes and small spots.  Anasazi Bean has large splashes.  Jacob's Cattle Bean is a bush plant.  Heirloom Aztec Cave is a pole bean.  The flavor is also different, less creamy, more hearty.  We do raise Jacob's Cattle / Trout Bean.  It is located under the All Beans, Dry Bean or Bush Bean category.
The Story of the bean's Origin.
I'll call this story of the bean's origin a folk story, as it is, as they say around here, "Far Fetched" and I know of no real proof or documuntation:  In the 1980's, the beans were discovered in a Native American cave dwelling, by a member of an UCLA Archeological team that was looking for remains of elephants that existed thousands of years ago in the area now known as New Mexico. They were found in a clay pot sealed with pitch.  Using carbon testing the beans were dated to be over 1,500 years old.  Amazingly some of the beans still germinated.  The beans were called "Aztec Cave Bean" or "New Mexico Cave Beans" These few viable beans found in that clay pot were grown by a few heirloom growers.  A milling company, Adobe Mills trademarked the name Anasazi to refer to the bean.  That is the story most known for this bean.
The more likely story, is no story at all.  Simply that the people of this region have grown the beans for thousands of years, keeping back seed from generation to generation.
Just a little fact:
This name "Anasazi" chosen by the milling company was thought to mean "Ancient One" and refer to the native people of that region.  But actually the people in that region did not refer to themselves as Anasazi.  The Navajo, which were not friendly with them refered to them as "Ancient Enemy" or Anasazi.  We have a wide variety of Heirloom Vegetable, Herb, and Flower Seeds for sale. With all of our seeds: Your first packet ships for $2.50. All additional packets ship free. So your total shipping on a seed order is $2.50 no matter how many packets you order.

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