Which are a cousin of the Humble Southern Staple Black Eyed Peas , are on
the menu for tonight . Taste pretty good ... These are from the garden ,
grown from seeds acquired at the Ozark Seed Swap last May . I don't recall
if I posted a follow-up to the Red Ripper thread , but they were very good
too . Both varieties will be on my list for next year !
Until just a few months ago I didn't realize how many varieties there are
out there . Puzzles me that the only ones you see on the grocery shelf are
black eyes when there are so many much tastier options . I'm hoping to find
some others next year at the seed swap .
when it comes to beans there are many varieties.
the types you are talking about take a fairly long
season and so that means the growing region is
going to be smaller with fewer producers.
each bean variety that is mass marketed would
need it's own packaging and if the size is
different enough from other beans that also means
special equipment to plant/harvest/clean/sort/store
etc. and not all varieties grow out well enough
and have the right characteristics for mass planting
or harvesting (some types shell too easily and
others are very difficult, some rot easily, some
don't grow well in poorer soil or won't grow at all
in clay, etc.)
i don't think there's a huge amount of money in
growing beans and i'd say from what i see that there
is a limited market for new varieties so not much
money is put into developing more of them. i.e. the
market is fairly well saturated.
i have more varieties here than i can ever study
and test and i keep finding more each season.
this year i planted more of the staple varieties
we use the most (red, pinto, lima, yellow eye) to
rebuild stocks from last year's small harvest and
planted out some of the other crosses i've already
found so that i could cook some up to see if they
are worth continuing (at least two look promising).
it's the early harvest time yet so i'm sure more
surprises are in store for me.
My wife had to shake me out of my trance , the pool of saliva beneath my
chair was getting pretty big ... the only field pea I'd ever tried was
blackeyes , which to me taste much like mud ... I now know there's a wide
variety to try .
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