The kidney beans in the bracelet are truly spectacular! They almost look like jewels. The Dark Red Kidney is a famous dry bean, the biggest and best of baking beans! Matures in 95 days. Popular for its excellent flavor and many uses, this variety can be stored dry or canned.
Red kidney beans hail from Mexico and Central America, where they filled critical nutritional needs in the diet of the native peoples. Explorers and sailors also appreciated them for their dietary value, and because they could be stored for long periods of time. The traditional cuisine in Northern India uses red kidney beans, as well as food in the tradition of New Orleans.
See planting information at end of this blog. We ordered the beans from:
I found the little reddish spacers in my stash in my workroom.
They are always full of surprises that I had even forgotten until I rummaged through them looking for just the right bead. Having this wonderful supply in my workroom because I had a stroke a few years ago and don’t get out that much.
Except for the day after tomorrow when John and I are driving to Enid, Oklahoma for a retirement celebration for Margaret (John’s daughter #2). She’s retiring after 21 years as a pilot for the Air Force. The retiring pilot has a farewell flight and John is going to be in the control tower during the flight.
But, back to the beans
The kidney bean bracelet is strung on silver-plate memory wire with little silver end caps. The bracelet has a little over two full rotations.
I think it’s quite stunning! (Even if I do say so myself.)
Thanks so much for visiting with us. Details on the bracelet can be found at:
If you want to grow your own large red kidney beans, here’s how:
Dry Bean – ‘Organic Red Kidney’
Red Kidney Bean Germination:
Direct sow seeds in rich, well drained soil in full sun at least a week after the last expected frost, since beans are quite sensitive to cold. If you have never planted beans in your garden before, treat the seeds with a powder inoculant to allow the process of nitrogen fixation to begin.
Plant them 1″ deep and 3-6″ apart, in rows about 2′ apart; press down the earth above them for good soil contact. These seeds rot easily in wet soil, so do not over water them. Germination should take place 7-10 days after planting.
For companion planting benefits, plant beans near carrots or beets; avoid planting them near onions.
After germination, maintain soil moisture; beans have shallow roots, and need water at least once a week if the weather is dry. Mulching the plants helps conserve moisture and discourages weeds.
Harvesting Red Kidney Bean:
If frost or inclement weather threatens before your beans are fully dry, pull them and allow them to continue drying under shelter. A good method for drying is to hang them upside down from their roots until the seeds rattle in the pods and are very hard. They should be completely dry 10-15 days later. Remove the seeds from the pods by hand, or thresh them by putting them in a bag and applying a heavy weight.
Saving Red Kidney Bean Seeds:
Thresh the beans by removing them from their pods. Store them in a dry, cool place; for best germination, use them in the next growing season.
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