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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 has 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: April - May indoor, May – June direct

Requirements: Nutrient-rich soil, regular watering, and a lot of sun.

Seed Grown: Omved Gardens and with thanks to our Seed Guardians: Noriko. 

Seed harvested: 2023

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

When to harvest seed: July - Oct. When beans are fully mature and pods begin to turn brown. In southern England, typically from July/later summer.

Need to isolate: No 


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.