Saturday Night Special Dry Bean ECO(105 days) Legendary plant breeder Elwyn Meader was hired by famous Maine baked bean company B&M (founded 1867) to breed a pea bean that would bake well and have a season short enough to grow in Maine. B&M lost interest when it was bought out by the William Underwood Corporation in 1965 so the bean was never introduced to the public. Preserved by Elwyn’s son John as X-3, this small pure-white pea bean is early, impressively productive and cooks well. Short sturdy plants bear more than 20 pods each and “dry down nice.” John, recalling his father’s knack for naming cultivars, suggested that Elwyn might have called it Saturday Nite Special in honor of traditional Maine bean suppers and their explosive after-effects! So we did. 2009 Fedco introduction. ① BACK!
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