(70 days shell, 90 days dry) Open-pollinated. An improved Cannellini with an upright bush habit bred by Washington State University. Green with bright pink streaking, Silver Cloud’s short fat 5–6" pods contain five plump white seeds instead of the eight skinny ones found in most cannellini pods. The overall appearance is more like that of a Taylor Horticultural bean than of a typical white kidney bean. These make amazingly early and absolutely superb shell beans, “incredibly good, especially in a salad with bleu cheese dressing,” says Sylvia Loomer of Aberdeen, WA. When dried and cooked, its smooth meaty texture and dense nutty flavor are prized in minestrone and other soups and stews. Resists CBMV, CTV, tolerates R. ①
331 Silver Cloud Cannellini - Organic
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Shell and Dry Beans
Phaseolus vulgaris2 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.