These heirloom beans are native to Southwestern United States and Mexico. These beautiful beans are sometimes called Prairie Appaloosa Bean because of their coloration. The name of the Zuni Shalako Bean: The Zuni Tribe grew these beans and used them in their winter ceremony where they were given to them by the Shalako Kachina. This is a bush type plant that stays under 2 feet tall but has a similar habit to Pinto beans sending up an occasional runner as any bean that wants more light will. The bush plants produce an abundant amount of pods containing small beans that average 1/4" wide and 3/8" long. Harvest Zuni Shalako early and cook as fresh snap or shell beans or let fully mature for a dry bean. Zuni Shalako Bean or Prairie Appaloosa Bean are perfect used as a dry bean in southwest dishes because of their ability to absorb flavors such as chile peppers. 50 days until harvest for green snap beans, 60 - 65 days until harvest for fresh beans. Harvest as dry beans when the pod is dry. DO NOT plant them too early. They will rot in cool, damp soil.
Plants reach twenty to twenty four inches in height. Its white seeds are an excellent choice for baked beans or soups. More tender and cook more quickly than Navy Beans.
When bush beans begin producing they often come in all at once. Staggered planting, every 2 weeks, will keep your bush beans going longer. Beans like a moderately rich soil with a slightly acidic pH of about 6.0 to 6.2.
They prefer a loose, moist soil. Plant after all danger of frost is past.
Plant bush beans in either rows or blocks, with 4-6 inches between each seed. Plant the seeds 1-2 inches deep and be sure to water the soil immediately and regularly, until it sprouts.
Harvesting beans is an ongoing process. You can start to harvest anytime, but gardeners usually wait until the beans begin to firm up and can be snapped. They are generally about as think as a pencil then. Donât wait too long, because beans can become overgrown and tough almost overnight. Harvest by gently pulling each bean from the vine or by snapping off the vine end, if you are going to be using the beans right away.
It is a suggested that you earmark a couple of plants at the beginning of the season for seed saving. Donât pick ANY pods from them to eat - just pick the crisp brown pods at the end of the season. Donât feed them, or water them unless it is very dry - as this can encourage leafy growth rather than pod development. There is no point in picking green pods as the seeds are not mature enough at this stage.
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