Bean Bush
Tiger's Eye

Striking colors make this dried bean an intriguing variety. Its versatility and superiority in the kitchen make it a gardeners’ “must-have”. This productive bean produces well in a broad range of conditions. It can be harvested as a snap bean before the seeds swell, as a shell bean or, dry and produce gold and maroon beans. The dried beans are prized for their creamy texture and skins that dissolve with cooking.

Days to harvest: snap: 55; shelling: 65-75; dried: 85-95.

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperatures have warmed. For continuous harvest, sow every 7-14 days up to 60 days before first fall frost.

When to start inside: In areas with short seasons start indoors 2 weeks before average last frost and transplant outside 2 weeks after last frost.

Harvesting: Tiger’s Eye beans are ready to pick when the pod “snaps” or breaks in half cleanly. This is when seeds have just begun to form and the pods are 4" long. Hold stem with one hand, and the pod with the other hand to avoid pulling off branches which may continue to produce. Shell beans are harvested when the seeds are well formed but the pods are still green. Pick pods as you would for snap beans, then split along the seam and remove seeds. Dry beans are left on the plant until the pod and beans inside are completely dry. If short seasons prevent drying plants in the ground before frost, pull entire plant with mature pods before frost and hang in a warm, dry place until pods are brittle; break open pods and remove seeds.

Artist: Susan Rubin