'Othello' Pinto Bean
95 days — The bush-type plants of 'Othello' Pinto beans are vigorous and although early and relatively small, very productive. Its pods reach three to four inches long, are flat in cross-section, and are green in color. Although they can be used for snap beans when harvested at the young and tender stage, 'Pinto' beans, as a market category of beans, are primarily grown to maturity and used as a dry bean.
Commercially, Pinto beans are commonly sold in grocery stores either bagged or canned as refried beans. Like other legumes, they are nutrient rich, low in saturated fat and are a good source of protein and dietary fiber. Pinto beans are one of the most popular types of dry beans in the United States and northwestern Mexico where it is known as "frijol pinto
," which translates from Spanish to English as "speckled bean."
'Othello' Pinto beans were developed by the USDA to be more disease resistant than earlier Pinto bean varieties. They exhibit an effective resistance to root rot (Fusarium solani
), resistance to Curly Top Virus and to all strains of the Bean Common Mosaic Virus prevalent in North America.[1,2]
According to the USDA, even though plants are small and very early maturing, 'Othello' is one of the highest yielding bean cultivars with seeds that are plump and bright, ". . . with a cooked flavor and nutritional quality equal to the best in its market class
Introduced in 1987. USDA accession number PI 578268. Each ounce is approximately 80 seeds.