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Hopi Black Dwarf French Bean

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Phaseolus vulgaris

StoryNamed after the Native American Hopi people who grew it, this ancient bean been used for food and dye for centuries. The dark black colour and nutty firm textured beans are excellent in chilli and Mexican style dishes. It is a compact French dwarf bean (30 – 50cm plants) producing lilac flowers and green pods which we found resistant to drought and very productive. 

When to sow: plant out pot-raised beans in late may and early June or sow directly from mid-may until July.

Requirements: well draining soil, can be grown in pots. 

Harvesting: in the summer. Hopi black beans can be picked young and eaten as green beans but we find them an excellent drying bean


Please remember, if you’re an individual grower you can order up to 3 packets of seeds. If you order more than this, you will receive just three packs to begin with. This is to ensure we get plenty of data in return and to keep our stocks sustainable for years to come.* 

*Community groups and Experienced Growers can order larger quantities, please email us if this is the case.

If an item is out of stock we will send a close alternative.