Dutch Princess Bean
Green bush bean, with small round and sweet pods. A delight! This variety was found on a trading table at a Seedy Saturday event in Frelishburg, QC, in 2013. The name seems ancient, and it is not listed on any of the list of seed saving organizations in either Canada nor the U.S. Limited quantities. VERY RARE.
If someone has any additional informations on its origin, please share it with us. It it one of our favourites, and we are dying to get to know it better!
Addendum: In November 2016, we found a mention of a Dutch Princess bean in the “New-Zeland Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science /Experimental Agriculture” of March 1978. The origin of the bean is, unsurprisingly, Dutch. It seems it was named by the seed saver William Damn Seeds, who sells an improved version of a Dutch Princess bean. We also found a Dutch Princess bean mention in a research center from… Tanzania, in Arusha, (Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT)) in 1972. To be continued…
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Latin name : Phaseolus vulgaris var. nana ‘Dutch Princess’
Common names : Bean, Fresh bean, Bush bean, Dry bean
French : Haricot Dutch Princess, haricot nain, fève verte, haricot sec
Family : Fabaceae
Plant type : Annual
Habit : Bush bean
Height : About 0.4 m
Width : About 0.2 m
Days to maturity : 55 days
Sowing : Directly outside after the last frost
Depth : 1.5 to 2 cm
Germination : 5 to 10 days
Soil : Any
Exposure : Full sun
Plant spacing : 10-15 cm
Row spacing : 30-40 cm
Watering : Once the seeds have started to germinate, make sure the seedlings receive plenty of water until the first true leaves appear
Care and other considerations : Avoid handling or weeding when the plants are still wet to prevent the spread of diseases
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It was brought by the first colonizers to New France. From then on, it became a key part of daily meals.
In the 1760s, with the arrival of the potato, the consumption of broad beans decreases all over Quebec except for a few regions. The 'Petite du Lac' variety probably comes from one of this period.
Alphonse Gauthier, former agronomist and horticulture professor at Institut de technologie agricole de La Pocatière, sent 'Petite du Lac' seeds to England (precise location unknown) for analysis. He was told that this cultivar had adapted to the Saguenay region and thus developped its own characteristics, making it stand out from this much bigger relative, the Windsor broad bean.
It is mostly eaten in soups, and brings a lot of energy. It is easy to store for the winter once dry.
Please refer to Potager d'Antan for more informations (in French): https://potagersdantan.com/2011/09/14/la-gourgane-petite-du-lac/
Package: 20 seeds
Named after the town of Chioggia in the Venetian Lagoon, this beet can be eaten raw or cooked. Delicious sweet taste and a pleasure for the eyes, with its distinctive concentric red and white stripes. Will loose some of its color once cooked, but is perfect for carpaccio. Leaves and stems are edible too.
Developed in Italy before 1841, the Chioggia derives from another traditional variety, the Bassano beet, named after a town in the Veneto region. The Chioggia beet was introduced in the United States before 1865 and furthermore perfected by seed producers.
As popular as it is easy to grow. Italian Heirloom.
Package : 100 seeds.
Dwarf bean variety that produces a seed halfway between pea and fava bean. According to the Potager d'Antan : « It was still being cultivated in 1999 by a 80 year old man from Lotbinière, Monsieur Laliberté, who confirmed us the plant was unique in Canada. (...) Given by Laliberté's son to Antoine D'Avignon, Seeds of Diversity guardian angel. Antoine passed away in 2003. His sister, Mme. Gisèle D'Avignon, gave us the seeds. »
Delicious in pea soup, a traditional meal in the province of Quebec in the past century.
This variety is very rare and is considered endangered.