Bean, Oland Swedish Brown

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Quick facts

  • Swedish heirloom
  • Used in traditional swedish baked bean dish
  • Stores well

 Phaseolus vulgaris

90 days to dry. Bush Bean. Beautiful brown bean from the Oland island in Sweden. Brown beans are a traditional staple in Sweden, prized for their storability and nutritional qualities.  Mild and creamy beans make excellent brown bean dishes, cooked sweet and spiced like baked beans. We made this dish for a Scandinavian Midsommer Maypole Festival! A great short season bean, these matured at Giving Ground Farm even when grown in light shade. 

Read more about the history and current threatened status of the Oland Swedish Brown Bean here.

How to grow it:  

Direct sow 1" deep after all danger of frost has passed. In row spacing is 3" with 8" between rows. Soaking seeds for 2-4 hours can hasten germination time. Planting with bean specific bacterial inoculum may help boost yields, especially if planting where beans have not grown before.

Seed Specs:  Packet size: 30 min.

Slow Food ARK OF TASTE Variety:

For it's rich history and cultural significance, this lettuce has been chosen to board the Slow Food Ark of Taste.  The Slow Food Ark of Taste is where "culinary heritage meets biodiversity."  Varieties placed on the "ark" are those whose rich history and cultural significance is well documented, yet whose existence is threatened simply by the lack of people growing and perpetuating it.  Varieties of crops, like species of plants and animals, can (and do) go extinct from lack of habitat and unfavorable conditions. These varieties deserve preservation not just because they each have a great story, but because the futures of our evolving food crops depend on a rich well of genetic diversity with which they can continually adapt, and be adapted by plant breeders, to thrive in changing conditions.  In the case of our food crops, the unfavorable conditions leading to a decrease in diversity are many, but one we can immediately address is the decrease in the number of people growing these crops and saving these seeds. 

A small kitchen garden really can change the world!

Check out our Slow Food Ark of Taste Package, which includes this lettuce.