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West Coast - Calypso Bean

West Coast - Calypso Bean

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Also known as Orca drying bean. This unusual bi-coloured Mexican heirloom has a creamy texture when cooked, and it looks great on the plate. The plants are relatively compact bushes, growing to only 45cm (18”) tall. The beans are easy to grow and fun to harvest. Plant some Calypso bean seeds in the organic vegetable garden and enjoy the dried beans in soups and stews all winter long. The open pollinated seeds are easy to harvest and dry for planting the following year.

Matures in 80 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

  • Also known as Orca Drying Beans
  • Easy to grow
  • Fun to harvest
  • Open pollinated
  • Matures in 80 days


  • How To Grow

    Dry beans are an ecologically sound foodstuff in today’s world. Being a bean, they produce at least part of their own nitrogen supply with the help of symbiotic bacteria, which live in the soil. Dry beans are one of the easiest crops to produce organically. Dry beans are excellent protein sources when combined with whole grains, nuts or small amounts of meat or fish. Dried beans also contain fibre and minerals (remember to discard the soaking and cooking water to reduce flatulence).  Follow along with this handy How to Grow Dry Beans Guide and grow delicious beans for hearty soups all winter long.