Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean
The Cherokee Trail of Tears bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is a pole bean that can be harvested as both a snap and a dry bean. This bean is a great low-fat source of vitamins A, C, and K. Pole beans like the Cherokee Trail of Tears bean are also a good source of fiber and antioxidants. Cherokee Trail of Tears beans are a deep black when mature. Phaseolus vulgaris. 70-90 days to maturity
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The Cherokee Trail of Tears bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is a pole bean that can be harvested as both a snap and a dry bean. The beans were carried by the Cherokee when they were forcibly removed from their land in the southeastern United States to live on “Indian territory” in what is present-day Oklahoma, leaving a trail of over 4,000 graves. The bean can be grown as part of the "Three Sisters" alongside corn and squash.
Cherokee Trail of Tears beans are a deep black when mature. This bean is a great low-fat source of vitamins A, C, and K. Pole beans like the Cherokee Trail of Tears bean are also a good source of fiber and antioxidants, and they contain trace amounts of many minerals including manganese, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Some studies have suggested that beans like the Cherokee Trail of Tears bean can contribute to cardiovascular health by lowering blood fat content. The vitamin K and calcium content in beans has also been linked to increased bone density and overall bone health.
Beans will germinate best once soil temps have reached 65 F or higher. The optimal germination temperature is around 77 F. Seeds can require 8 to 16 days to germinate, depending on the soil temperature. For continual production, succession plant every couple of weeks throughout the spring and early summer. Plants will drop blooms or cease production in the heat of summer. Subsequent succession plantings may be made in late summer/fall, as long as enough time is permitted before the first frost date.
Direct seeding is recommended. We suggest using a #6 plate on the Hoss Garden Seeder and modifying the hole size (if necessary) to fit the seed size. Beans should be planted relatively thick along the row and thinned to the desired spacing. To maximize garden space, consider using double-row spacing. For double-row spacing, rows may be planted as close as 6″ apart with 3′ spacing between double rows. For single row spacing, 2′ to 3′ spacing is recommended.
Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean Planting Information
Planting Method: direct sow
When to Plant: 2-3 weeks after the last frost in Spring
Planting Depth: 1″
Seed Spacing: 2″
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 70 (snap), 90 (dry)
Disease Resistance: none