Thibodeau du comté de Beauce Bean
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
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Latin name : Phaseolus vulgaris
Common names : Bean, bush bean
French : Haricot Thibodeau, haricot marbré, haricot du patrimoine
Family : Fabaceae
Plant type : Annual
Height : 30-40 cm
Width : 20-30 cm
Days to maturity : 90 days for a dry bean
Sowing : Directly outside after the last frost, usually early-June for Montreal
Depth : 2 cm
Germination : 5-12 days
Exposure : Sunny
Plant spacing : 15 cm
Row spacing : 30-35 cm
Watering : Regular
Care and other considerations :
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Also known as the "Montreal Market Muskmelon" or "Montreal Nutmeg Melon". This mythical green flesh melon with a nutmeg flavor has almost disappeared.
The earliest records come from the Jesuits, who cultivated this variety in the Montreal Plain in 1684. According to the Potager d'Antan : "this melon went through many selections during the 17th Century, before being introduced under the name "Montreal Melon", in 1870. In the 1880s, it was listed as one of the best seller in New England by American seed company Burpee".
Very popular at the beginning of the 1900s and until the 1950s, it was largely commercialized and grown by three families : the Aubin, the Décarie and the Gorman. But lack of labour force, rises in wages and the spreading of the city triggered its decline. As highways paved the island, it slowly faded from our collective memory. When farms vanished from Montreal, it risked being obliterated. Until a journalist found its trace in a seed bank, in the United States.
This melon is a living proof of our seed and food diversity decline. Save your seeds and share them.
Heirloom variety. Listed on Slow Food Canada's Ark of Taste.
Pkt : 12 seeds.