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Alubia de Tolosa (Alubias Tolosanas) Bean
Alubia de Tolosa (Alubias Tolosanas) Bean
Alubia de Tolosa (Alubias Tolosanas) Bean
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Alubia de Tolosa (Alubias Tolosanas) Certified Naturally Grown Seed
95 Days — 'Alubia de Tolosa', which translates from Spanish to "Beans of Tolosa," originates from the ancient town of Tolosa in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa, Spain. Tolosa is famous for its Saturday market and produce. It is reportedly the largest such market in the Basque Country and has been operating since 1256 AD.

'Alubia de Tolosa' is the most famous produce from the region.  The beans are typically paired with chili peppers and are one of the main staples in Basque cuisine. The beans are such an integral part of Basque culture that they even have their own feast in mid-November called “Babarrunaren Astea” or “Week of the Bean.”

The plants grow to eight feet or more and produce abundant amounts of five to six inch pods that typically hold seven plump, dark black, quite beautiful, egg-shaped beans. Although grown and used as a dry bean, we couldn't wait and did enjoy them at the immature stage as green snap beans. This variety was sent to us by Gary Tuss who personally collected the seed while on a trip to the Basque Country.

Rare and in very limited supply for 2014.  Each packet contains one ounce, which is approximately 55 seeds.

Sources:
  1. Eusk-Guide: The Best of the Basque Country
  2. Tolosa Black Beans Recipe
  3. Wikipedia - Tolosa, Spain
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You can't fail with these.
I grew these beans last season in a 2 foot x 4 foot (12 inch deep) box with a seven foot trellis. I used half sandy soil and half compost. I had to continually wrap the vines around the trellis until harvest. They grew over 18 feet. My friends couldn't believe how well they did even in the extreme heat and humidity we experienced last summer. They only thing better was how they cooked up. Everyone should try these!
Reviewed by: John Jensen from Central Minnesota. on 4/1/2017
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