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.
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Full sun or partial shade.
Direct sow after all risk of frost is past, when soil is warm.
Depth : 1 to 2 cm.
Spacing : 15 à 20 cm.
Harvest : 60 days.
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Old dwarf cultivar from Beauce, Quebec. Its green pods are covered with purple stripes. It can be eaten as green or dry beans. According to many, they're the best choice to make baked beans (fèves au lard). However, Boucher Family bean fans disagree. The solution? Mix 'em both!
Beauce territory was originally occupied by the Iroquoian Nation of the Saint-Lawrence. It is therefore a possibility that this bean comes from a variety that they were growing. With the arrival of the first Colonizers many trades happened, among which beans were handed to the newcomers. With this gift, they then continued selection over many years to create different varieties.
This variety, Thibodeau du comté Beauce, was found by Mr Marc Warsha. He was given the seeds by Mr Martin Roy from St-Zacharie, in Beauce. The cultivation of this bean had been carried for 4 generations, starting with the great-great-grandmother of Martin Roy, as far as we can trace back.
The name, Thibodeau du comté Beauce, was first listed in the Seed of Diversity catalogue in 2003.
Package: 30 seeds
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
Heirloom variety introduced to the Saint Lawrence River Valley by French settlers in the 17th Century. It is still eaten today and makes delicious pea soup. High yielding plants. They will need trellising and can grow up to 1 meter tall.
The Potager d'Antan reports this story : « According to an old European tradition dating back from the 15th Century, Hubertus, patron saint of hunters, was associated with the pea soup.
To make a long story short, during his lifetime, in the 7th Century, Hubert went astray, hunted on Good Friday, and while pursuing a stag, he had a vision in which he saw the animal with a crucifix between its antlers and heard a voice enjoining him to lead a holy life.
Hubertus later performed many miracles, evangelised pagans in distant countries, and erected temples dedicated to the Lord. He died on May 30, 727. His relics were translated on November 3, 743. His feast day is November 3 in Belgium and May 30 in France.
In memory of Saint Hubert, European settlers in Quebec supposedly kept the name of this pea variety, used in the preparation of the hunting soup ».
For the complete story, visit the Potager d’Antan website.
This variety is very rare and is considered endangered.Package: 30 seeds