Wild Canadian Goose (Semi Pole/Bush Beans)

Wild Canadian Goose (Semi Pole/Bush Beans)

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Wild Canadian Goose (Semi Pole/Bush Beans), Phaseolus vulgaris, Fabeceae.

Originally an Indigenous Bean, that has become a prolific Acadian Heirloom variety, is a bush variety but does send out runners, best to trellis, reaching 90cm (35") in Height, & 25-25cm (1') Wide.

A lovely white and grey speckled dry bean with an orange-brown ring around the hilum or eye.

Self-supporting habit, 4-6 beans per pod, small to medium sized. Does well with minimal tending, good productivity. This variety is listed as Rare/Endangered. Very hard to find. 

It is however a landrace and the pattern can therefore vary. Short, flattish pods develop a pleasing purple mottling and hold 5-6 small beans each.

The sweet, flavourful beans with their cute grey speckles are great in soups or as baked beans.

Direct Sown Mid May and onwards, 55 days for fresh, 95-100 days to maturity for drying beans.

 

This bean was allegedly found in a wild goose’s gullet, and then cultivated. Allegedly shot in 1864 by Civil War Veteran John W. Mostoller. The wild goose was sent home to their mother, Sarah (Mowry) Mostoller, to prepare for dinner. While cleaning the carcass, Sarah noticed that the fowl had an enlarged crop inside was a large number of unusual looking beans. Something about these beans piqued Sarah's interest and in the spring of 1866, the ‘Wild Goose’ beans were planted. These beans proved to be a tasty shell variety, working well for baked beans or in soup. Generations of sharing later, this variety has become well-known in the region of southwest Pennsylvania where the Mostollers lived.