Hopi Red jewels for the bank
Today I harvested the first couple of pods of beautiful Pala Hatíqo - Hopi Red Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus).
This variety is part of a Southwest heirloom seed conservation program.
I have around 6 plants. I think. It is difficult to tell because they vine and twine and straggle like their wild jungle ancestors.
I should have given them a trellis and not relied on corn which blew down in the storm.
Unless they produce a whole lot more in the approximately 6 weeks to first frost, I will not be eating these. They will all go towards the seed bank. These 5 seeds need to become at least 25 before I even think about cooking any.
I am confident, however, that they won’t disappoint. Seed bank and food is the goal.