Mitla Dry Bean ECO(85 days) Though this variety first came to us as a tepary bean, it is not. Acting on a tip from Tim Springston of Oxbow Farm in Erin, NY, we grew it out in 2014 alongside four genuine tepary beans. We found it looked clearly different from the true teparies and like the vulgaris species. Even more telling: Mitla thrived in our cooler moist climate, but the true teparies, better adapted to the extremely arid Sonoran desert, struggled and had almost no bean set. Mitla, hailing from the Mitla Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, is the only so-called tepary widely grown in the north. Its dense foliage produces medium runners, lavender flowers and good yields of thin delicate pods each containing 5–6 lustrous black seeds. A good crop for new plots, it covers the ground and builds the soil. The great-tasting nutritious beans are excellent in black bean soup and for refries. Soak the small seeds and let them cook longer than other beans. ① BACK!
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