Mitla Dry Bean - Sustainably Grown

(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.


320 Mitla - Sustainably Grown
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Beans

Culture: Legumes have moderate fertility needs. Excessive nitrogen may induce some varieties to develop vines in moist hot weather. Tender, will not survive frost. Plant 3–4 seeds/ft in rows 24–30" apart. Pick frequently for maximum yields, but avoid disturbing foliage in wet weather to prevent spread of fungal diseases. White-seeded beans usually don’t germinate as well as dark-seeded. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°. Optimal range 60–80°. Optimal temperature 77°.

Shell and Dry Beans

Phaseolus vulgaris 2 oz packet sows 25 ft; 1 lb, 200 ft. All bush beans except where noted.

Culture: In conditions of high nitrogen fertility some bush beans may develop vines in moist hot weather. Tender, will not survive frost. Plant 3–4 seeds/ft in rows 24–30" apart. Pick frequently for maximum yields, but avoid disturbing foliage in wet weather to prevent spread of fungal diseases.

Harvest shell beans when the beans are plump inside pods. For dry beans allow pods to dry on the vine until pressing the beans with your fingernail leaves no indentation. If heavy rains threaten just before maturity, pull plants by the roots and hang them in a dry place to finish or pick pods, shell and finish drying indoors.