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Will the real 'Kahnawake Mohawk' bean please step forward...

Saturday, 31 Dec 11 Overcast 2°C / 36°F

I am trying to get the piles (literally) of seeds I have collected from the garden, obtained from swaps and late season sales, and my remaining seeds, organized and entered into folia. I’ve started with the beans.

I planted ‘Kahnawake Mohawk’ beans which I obtained at the 2010 Montreal Seedy Saturday, but the beans I harvested are not quite the same as the ones I planted. In fact, amongst them there are three beans which don’t resemble either the rest, or the original beans.

I found a photo of purchased ‘Kahnawake Mohawk’ seeds and they seem to look like the ones I started with. Based on what I’ve read about beans I think the seeds I obtained must have crossed with another bean: if I’m remembering correctly when beans are crossed, the seeds will look like the parent but they will then produce seeds that look different.

I’m not sure what to do next with these seeds – do I grow them out, use them in a soup? There probably isn’t more than 1/4 or maybe 1/3 of a cup of beans. Right now I’m leaning toward just eating them and trying another variety of beans.

1 – the four remaining seeds I started with
2 – what the majority of the seeds I harvested look like
3 – the three odd-ball seeds


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  • WoodNPawn

    WoodNPawn wrote:

    Not so sure the majority are not your original. The pattern is very similar and consistent. Given time to dry further they may darken to the color of the original. The three look to be something new. Beans are not great hybridizers, more self pollinators, but, they do some. The what to do is more up to you,

    Posted on 02 Jan 12 (almost 3 years ago)

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