25 Cherokee 'Trail of Tears' Pole Beans, Phaseolus vulgaris
Annual. 55 days to purple podded green beans and 90 days to dry beans. Excellent for fresh green bean use. Or the beans can be dried and stored.
This heirloom was brought from Tennessee by the Cherokee people as they were forcibly relocated to Indian Territory (later to become Oklahoma) by President Andrew Jackson in 1838-39 across the infamous "Trail of Tears" that left 4,000 innocent people dead from exposure and starvation. The survivors shed many tears on the trail as family members died.
Heirloom native pole bean, purple podded, eventually yielding dry beans that are mid-sized, elongated and very black. This is a vigorous climber that is very tasty as a fresh green bean (stringy only if allowed too long on the vine), and highly productive. Vines are very vigorous, pods very numerous; a high climber. A few beans planted in rich soil under a good trellis, a long pole or other suitable support in full sun will result in plenty of food!