Abenaki Vermont Cranberry bean – climbing


Growing to 6 feet/2 metres this pole bean is a dependable producer of large, heavy, round, deep red beans that look like a ripe cranberry and have a rich full-bodied flavour.    They go really well in baked beans and are a staple in Maine baked bean recipes.  This is a disputed bean as many Indigenous communities claim it to be originally from their villages.  I received this bean from Fred Wiseman, Abenaki from Vermont and so rightfully named it Vermont Abenaki Cranberry bean.

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Abenaki Vermont Cranberry bean – Climbing

  • 30 seeds
  • Open pollinated
  • Heirloom
  • Distance between plants – 3-6″
  • Distance between rows – 12″
  • Full sun
  • Water every 2-3 days
  • Days to maturity – 90-100 days
  • Days to germination – 6-10 days
  • Height – 6′
  • Phaseolus Vulgaris
  • Germination rate – 60%
  • Atebakwal = beans in abenaki

Sow: Direct seed after last frost

Harvest: After 90 days and the bean is brown and dry
“The Abenaki Cranberry bean (Red Cranberry) is one of the oldest American bean varieties. Its geographical location is concentrated around the northeastern region of the US. The Abenaki First Nation people and woodsmen, who inhabited the area that is now known as Maine, historically used this bean. The Red Cranberry bean is a rare heirloom that was rediscovered by bean collector, John Withee, after an 11-year search in Steep Falls, Maine and given it’s Abenaki status officially in Vermont through Fred Wiseman from the Seeds of Renewal project.  As their name suggests, the mature True Red Cranberry bean is a deep lipstick-red color and looks like a ripe cranberry.”   (Slowfoodusa.org)


Additional information

Weight 0.002 kg
Dimensions 8.255 × 0.3 × 11.43 cm


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