Good Mother Stallard
Named for Carrie Belle Stallard of Wise County, VA. Collected in 1981 by SSE. Wonderful, nutty, rich meaty flavor. Beans pump plump up to almost perfectly round when cooked, one of the few dry beans that retains its colors through cooking.
Good Mother Stallard Beans History
(Phaseolus vlugaris) Named for Carrie Belle Stallard of Wise County, VA. Collected in 1981 by SSE. Wonderful, nutty, rich meaty flavor. Beans pump plump up to almost perfectly round when cooked, one of the few dry beans that retains its colors through cooking. Great for cold bean salads or soups, or just as a side dish with a simple dressing. Very productive, 5-6 seeds per pod. One of the 1,186 beans given to SSE in 1981 by bean collector John Withee of Massachusetts. Named for Carrie Belle Stallard of Wise County, Virginia. This variety dates to at least the 1930s. 85-90 days.
Growing Good Mother Stallard Beans
Till the garden to a depth of 6 to 7 inches. Create hills at least 7 inches high. Space hills 3 feet apart. Space rows 3 feet apart. Install poles in the garden. In rows, spaced 3 feet apart. Where hills are used, place a pole in the center of each hill. Poles that are 2 by 2 inches square with a rough texture work well for staking pole beans. Insert bean seeds into the ground to a depth of one inch. Bean seeds do not germinate well when soil temperatures are below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Plant when temperatures are between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for best results. Fertilize beans planted in light or sandy soil after heavy rainfall to replace nitrogen. After flower and pod set begin, apply 1 cup of ammonium nitrate for every 50 feet of row.
Control weeds by mulching bean plants or through shallow cultivation with a garden hoe. Bean roots grow close to the surface. Avoid root injury by hand-pulling weeds or through very shallow cultivation. Irrigate with one inch of water per week when rainfall is not adequate to keep soil moderately moist. Do not over water. Harvest beans when they begin to rattle in the pod. Shell beans by squeezing pods and removing beans. Beans are best planted directly into the ground rather than started inside and transplanted.
Preserving The Good Mother Stallard Bean Plant
beans, like most vegetables, must be blanched before they can be frozen. Blanching stops enzyme actions that can cause loss of flavor, color and texture. Blanching works best if you heat 1 gallon of water to boiling in a large pot fitted with a wire basket, colander, or similar container. Add no more than 1 pound of green beans to the boiling water. If the water does not return to a boil within 30 seconds to 1 minute, then there are too many beans. Once the water returns to a boil, blanch beans for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, remove the beans using the basket and plunge them into cold water or ice water. The quicker the beans get cooled down the more crispness they will retain.
Good Mother Stallard Beans Recipe
Originally from Africa, these rich, nutty beans are large in size and have a creamy texture, making them an excellent addition to stews like this one.
Good Mother Stallard Beans Nutrition
Many studies have suggested that including more plant foods, such as Good Mother Stallard Beans, in the diet decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality.
According to Medical News Today, Good Mother Stallard Beans have the nutrients to reduce risks, and help the following:
- Cancer: beans contain a high amount of chlorophyll.
- Depression: Adequate folate consumption can prevent an excess of homocysteine in the body.
- Diet: One cup of beans provides 14.4 micrograms of vitamin K, or almost 20 percent of the daily requirement
- Pregnancy: For women of child-bearing age, consuming more iron from plant sources such as spinach, beans, pumpkin, and beans appears to promote fertility, according to Harvard Medical School.
- Bone Health: Adequate vitamin K consumption improves bone health by modifying bone matrix proteins, improving calcium absorption, and reducing urinary excretion of calcium.
Other Bean Varieties Worth Checking Out
Hisasta is Smaller than kidney beans but similar in taste, these beautiful Hidatsa Red Beans were originally grown by the Hidatsa tribe in the Missouri River Valley of North Dakota. Very prolific, one plant can produce over 100 pods. This bean can climb up to 3′ if given a trellis for support. Bush habit, dry, 80-95 days.
Cantare Bush Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) The best green bean variety that we offer for the home gardener or professional grower. Year-after-year cantare beans out perform most other bush varieties in our trials. 15-18″ plants produce loads of rounded pods.