It’s not unusual to see imaginary people on the internet* asking where you can get butter bean seeds and whether the ones from the shops would grow; many replies suggest that the beans sold for eating have been treated (oven-dried for example) or processed in some way that would prevent them from germinating. So when I set set about trying to germinate some beans from a shop mixthe last one I expected to see any life from was the fat white butter beans.
Yet this morning, less than 48 hours after draining and bringing the tray of beans in to the warmth, there we have, plump, brittle little roots poking out of some of the butter beans. The other hero of the tray is what I think is the lima beans (butter bean shaped, but slightly green in tinge); they are almost sinister with the speed they are growing; I will be locking all the internal doors tonight.
So far then, roots have appeared on the butter bean, black eyed beans, mung beans, lima beans and black turtle beans. I’m not 100% sure that I’ve got the right names against the right beans, anyone know any different?
*some people on the internet are real