HISTORIC BEANS Blue Shackamaxon and Fall Grape. Episode 40

Views:14|Rating:5.00|View Time:23:37Minutes|Likes:3|Dislikes:0
Esoteric Agriculture Episode 40, Historic Beans.

In this episode I thoroughly describe and review two Historic Common Bean varieties, ‘Blue Shackamaxon’ and ‘Fall Grape’ . I also believe I have finally solved the mystery of the ‘ Fall’ bean class of Southern Heirloom beans. Additionally, I have created an Esoteric Agriculture drinking game! Some of the topics covered in this episode are; Native American beans, Pole beans, Snap Beans, Dry Beans, Shelley Beans, Stringless Beans, Cornfield Beans, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, William Penn, Quakers, The Society of Friends, The Lenape People, Native Americans, Half Runner Beans, Bush Beans, Appalachia, Old Southern Beans, Heirloom Beans, Sustainable Mountain Agriculture, Sandhill Preservation, German Beans, The German Language, Lazy Wife Beans, The Magical Fruit, Benjamin West, Mildred Lyon, and old seed catalog illustrations.

Opening title music- Mary Celeste by Kevin MacLeod.
Mary Celeste by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1500016
Artist: http://incompetech.com

Main sequence music- Fiddles McGinty 2014 Music by Kevin MacLeod. Available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license:Fiddles McGinty Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

End Music- Deep Horrors by Kevin MacLeod.
Music courtesy of YouTube Free Audio Library.
All sound effects etc are courtesy of YouTube Free Audio Library.

You may also like...

1 Response

  1. Oxbow Farm says:

    Pretty great EA! I do a lot less with pole beans than I once attempted. It looks like you've spent a lot more time with individual beans than I ever have. I started seeing a lot of crossing and realized my local ecology was not conducive to being a bean collector. One of the beans that awoke me to this was "Mitla Black" which lots of people like to think is a tepary, including Carol Deppe but it is a straight up P. vulgaris that likes to get it on. I grew it out one year to try and compare it too known tepary beans, because Carol Deppe's Resilient Bean Breeder bean she was selling as a tepary/common cross did not make sense to me. I convinced myself that it was a common bean that year, and it was doubly confirmed the next year when I had black outcrosses in LOTS of other beans the next season. One other thing about the old beans is that P. vulgaris has two centers of domestication and there is a moderate sexual barrier between Meso American beans and Andean beans. They can cross, but there is a root/shoot incompatibility in the embryo that usually kills them when you plant them. True historical North American Native American heirlooms should all be Meso American. I grew an old Vermont heirloom called Dolloff that was very clearly Andean in origin, but was sometimes described as an Algonquin/Mahican heirloom. They may have had it, but they got it in trade with the whites who brought it over from Europe after the Spaniards introduced Andean beans there, which were quickly adopted everywhere. Not that it matters much. I also used to grow a PA Quaker heirloom called Octarora Cornfield which is almost certainly a Susquehannock bean, its definitely a dry cornfield bean and it is definitely Meso American. But I started getting all kinds of crosses in my beans, and as the farm gets more elaborate I have to pick and choose my projects, and trellising beans is just too time consuming at the wrong time of year, so I just do bush dry beans now.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *