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  • Legumes

    Legumes (3)

  • Beans Black Eye (Cow Peas)


    Black Eye Beans are a sub-species of cow peas. AKA Black-eyed Pea, Black-eyed Bean or Goat Pea.

    The pods can either be used young as green beans or left to dry on the plant for dry beans. the dry beans are used to make delicious dishes all over the world. the Dry beans are a pale colour with a black spot that resembles an eye, giving the bean its’ name.

    The plants are heat loving and drought resistant, however they are susceptible to Root-knot nematodes.

    Harvest is between 50 and 90 days, depending on how the beans are to be used.

    Approx. 25 seeds

  • Beans Chinese Snake (Cow Peas)


    (Vigna unguiculata)

    A very productive cow pea that remains productive for the whole summer.

    Approx 25 seeds

  • Beans Legume Bambarra Nut


    African Heirloom. Also called “the seed that satisfy”. It is a ground nut that grows in the same way as peanuts. The whole plant is lifted and the beans are shelled in the same manner as peanuts. It is one of the most productive of all the Bambara nuts. High temperature resistant and makes a very little demand from the soil. It will produce where other legume crops will fail.

    Other Names: Cokon (Original local name), Njugo Beans (South-Africa), Kwam (Northern Nigeria), Nyimo (Zimbabwe), Congo Goober, Earth Pea.

    Cultivated from at least the 14th century. In 1352 Ibn Battuta, a traveller from what is now Morocco, wrote that the people in Iwalatan dug “from the ground a crop like beans” and that they fried these beans with a taste of peas.This plant is native to and originated in the Sahelian region of West Africa. Its name comes from a tribe who now live mainly in Mali. and a town near Timbuktu. It is the third most important grain legume in semi-arid Africa after cowpeas and groundnuts. It is mostly intercropped, with Sorghum, maize Cassava and Millet. This plant is grown in Nigeria south to Malawi, South-America, Madagascar, India, the far east, and Northern Australia. The seeds was carried to America by slaves.

    Because of its high nutritional value (65% Carbohydrates and 18-24% protein), the Bambara nut is a very important food crop for poor people and subsistence farmers in Africa. This tasty nut can be eaten fresh while still unripe (green), but become hard as they mature. Mature seeds can be boiled, roasted or fried in oil to bring out the sweet, nutty taste. The dried seeds can be soaked and used like normal dried beans or ground into a nutritious flowerfor baking and breakfast porridge.The tasty green seeds can also be added to soups and stews.

    Recommended for the warmer subtropical regions like Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Kwazulu-Natal. Best grown in sandy, low fertility soil with a light texture that drains well. Phosphor is the most important requirement and. Late or early plantings will result in reduced or very low production.

    About 90-180 days to maturity

    Coastal Areas:            Oct-Nov

    Inland Areas:               Oct-Nov

    Subtropical Areas:           Oct-Nov

    Approx 25 seeds

  • Beans Legume Nyimo Bean

  • Beans Lima Dixie


    Dixie Beans are practically unknown in South Africa. These are also known as Bush Lima Beans and are a different variety to our normal beans that we are used to. Lima Beans are eaten only as “green shelled” beans or as dried beans. The pods are inedible and actually taste quite disgusting… I know I tried them. For best results these beans are picked when the pods are swollen and before they “turn”. Shell them and cook for 15- 20 mins in boiling water or a steamer. Don’t eat them raw as they are indigestible. Toss on a good dollop of real butter and have a feast. You will never look at beans the same way again. No VAT payable

    Approx 25 seeds.

  • Beans Runner Wellington Wonder


    Phaseolus vulgaris

    A prolific producer of large flat pods. This New Zealand heirloom is a real prize in the garden. Runners grow well over 2 m tall and bears prolifically for 3-4 months if picked regularly. The beans are great as a cut bean, are stringless and freeze well.

    Resistant to Bean Anthracnose

    Approx 25 seeds

  • Beans Runner Witsa


    (Phaseolus vulgaris)

    Released in 1964. Witsa bean is a South African variety developed by the Horticultural Research Institute. A high yielding, oval, stringless pod. Witsa has become the South African staple. Witsa has become the runner bean that all others are compared to.

    Approx 25 seeds

  • Beans Texas Cream (Cow Peas)


    Vigna unguiculata

    Donated to Livingseeds by Dr Jack Lambert, these seeds originally hail from Texas where a certain farmer “Big Dog McKee” used to call them ‘twenties’ due to the fact that many of the pods would produce around twenty seeds. These are a type of cowpea and can be added to many Asian, African and Southern American dishes.

    Approx 25 seeds

  • Beans Yard Long or Green Noodle


    (Vigna sesquipedalis)

    Heirloom. The yard long bean is a traditional oriental bean that never fails to impress. They are delicious, a quick addition to any meal and can be snapped into short pieces.

    It’s really around 40-50 cm long, but still a great bean for salads, snacking and dips. Pick before the beans fill out for the best flavour otherwise they tend to go a bit spongy.

    Approx. 25 seeds