White Marrowfat Bean
White Marrowfat - Bush Dry Bean

White Marrowfat Bean

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White Marrowfat Slow Food USA - Ark of Taste

100 days — Also known as 'White Egg', this old variety originated in the mid-1800s. Although the pods are inedible and it can be used at the green shelling stage, it really shines when allowed to fully mature and is used as a dry bean.

The beans are larger than 'Navy' beans making them a good choice for baking. They puree nicely for soups and some say they have a bacon-like or meaty flavor.

There are five to six plump, white, egg-shaped seeds per pod on prolific half runner type plants. Harvest after about 100 days for dry use. Each packet contains one ounce, which is approximately 60 seeds.
Hard working little Marrowfat bean!
I grew a packet of these last year, saved the seeds and replanted about 3/4 cup again. I did not support them, because the weather was crazy and I was just trying to get everything in the ground!! I put them around the patio in the flower bed this year. They did great despite some obstacles. First obstacle... my husband using the weed wacker on them. They send out runners and have at least 15-20 pods per plant. The second obstacle.. 2 dachshunds who love to chase and eat the bugs (grasshoppers, cicadas etc). It's great the bugs were gone, but some plants got ripped out by their roots. Still, after all that I ended with about 9 cups of dried beans. If I had supported them and put up a little barrier to keep the dogs out it could have been at least twice that. Marrowfat beans will be a staple in my garden. They are a beautiful white egg shape.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Grayslake, Il. on 9/13/2017
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I have grown these beans for three seasons with great success, including from saved seed. They seem to really want to climb - over 6 feet with some of the plants. Last year, after our peas were done in the spring and when I was planting beans, I moved the pea trellis to the bean bed and that worked well. I am still working on my drying and storing methods especially when it is a rainy September at harvest time, but have gotten 3+ qt jars full of these tasty dried beans from a 10x4' bed, planted with two rows.
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