Our Favorite Bean Varieties

Bean varieties keep boredom at bay, and they’re amazingly good for you.

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Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans
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Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans

A multipurpose pole bean that can be eaten fresh when picked young. Or leave them to dry; then shell: The beans inside turn glossy black and are great in stew and chili.

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