Hidatsa Red Indian Shell Bean

$3.50

Half-runner, 85 days | This early maturing red dry bean develops on short climbing plants. Originating in North Dakota, Hidatsa Red Indian Bean is new to our garden for 2021 but is said to be similar to a kidney bean.

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Plant bean seed once the soil has warmed significantly in the spring or the seed may rot in the damp soil before it has the opportunity to germinate.

Pole beans I plant about 3 inches apart. I do not thin them after they’ve germinated. Bush beans I will plant 3 inches apart and thin them to 6 inches apart. That being said, sometimes the rabbits thin them out for me in which case I don’t bother too much with the exact distance.

To harvest drying beans, wait until the pod has dried on the vine. In the case of very wet weather, I harvest all dry or almost dry pods so they don’t mold on the vine. I keep doing so until the frost takes them out. Right before the first expected fall frost, I will harvest any pods with fully developed beans, shell and freeze any beans that are not dry.

To store your dried beans, leave them in a bowl to fully dry out. I leave them for about a month. Every once in a while I will run my hands through it to mix them up. Once fully dry, I store them in paper bags. Then use then as you would any other dried bean. Alternatively you can pressure can them so they are ready for eating!

I love planting drying beans. Here’s an blog posting on why.

Why I Grew Drying Beans Instead of Green Beans

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Quantity

40 seeds