Cherokee Trail of Tears bean


Also known as Cherokee Black, the variety is good as both a snap and a dry bean; when mature, the greenish-purple 6” pods encase shiny jet-black seeds. This bean was shared with Seed Savers Exchange by the late Dr. John Wyche of Hugo, Oklahoma. His Cherokee ancestors carried this bean over the Trail of Tears, the infamous winter death march from the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma (1838-39) that left a trail of 4,000 graves. Pole (source : Seed savers exchange)

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Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans

  • 30 seeds
  • Open pollinated
  • Heirloom
  • Distance between plants – 3-6″
  • Distance between rows – 2′
  • Full sun
  • Water every 2-3 days
  • Days to maturity – 80-90 days
  • Days to germination – 6-10 days
  • Height – 3-6′
  • Phaseolus Vulgaris
  • Germination rate – 90%

This Cherokee pole bean, produced on the farm is part of the Sovereign seeds rematriation project. A beautiful black bean with a strong history, that offers a high yield.

Le Noyau is fully aware of the history of settler colonialism and seeds.  We are presently working on obtaining permission from various Cherokee stakeholders (gardeners, elders, community members) to be able to offer this amazing seed.  The idea is that I sell the time it takes me to grow and harvest the beans and then I can continue the ‘sharing’ of this incredibly important seed, a seed with stories of our collective histories.

Our goal is to rematriate (send back) some fresh seed every year and work on revenue sharing with seed and gardening projects within the Cherokee communities.  We are still waiting for permission to do so and therefore need to wait to be able to offer this seed again.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Sow: Direct seed after last frost

Harvest: After 90 days and the bean is brown and dry

Seeds produced: Le Noyau farms


Additional information

Weight 0.002 kg
Dimensions 8.255 × 0.3 × 11.43 cm


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