Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean
- Pole bean
- Black seeds
- Green 6 inch pods with purple overlay
- Snap or dry bean
- 85 days
- ±1,600 seeds/lb
Also known as Cherokee Black, the variety is good as both a snap and a dry bean; when mature, the greenish-purple 6” pods encase shiny jet-black seeds. This bean was shared with Seed Savers Exchange by the late Dr. John Wyche of Hugo, Oklahoma. His Cherokee ancestors carried this bean over the Trail of Tears, the infamous winter death march from the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma (1838-39) that left a trail of 4,000 graves. Pole habit, snap or dry, 85 days. ±1,600 seeds/lb.
Learn to Grow Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean
Direct Seed: 2" Apart
Seed Depth: 1"
Support: Trellis, tepee, or fencing
Light: Full Sun
Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Harvest frequently to increase yield. Pods can be left on the vine to mature and then harvested as dry beans.
Ratings & Reviews
Large Yield, Easy to Grow
I grew these last season (Zone 4) and they were wonderful. Large yield of shiny black beans with good flavor. Easy to grow. Heavy vines that need a strong trellis (I learned that the hard way). I let them dry on the vine and harvested in early fall. I didn't try them as a snap bean but plan to this year!
Pretty pods but struggled to flourish
by Megan Michelle
I was excited to grow this bean because it was developed in Oklahoma...unfortunately it seemed unhappy most of the time and struggled to flourish here in Oklahoma City, zone 7a. We got two nights of unusually cold weather after the plants sprouted and they did not like that. Once the weather started warming up, the vines grew about 3 feet up the trellis and then they just stopped. It is very, very windy here and I suspect that might have been a factor. They produced a fair amount of flowers, but I found the beans too stringy for young harvest. I talked to a few people in my gardening group here and they said they prefer them as a dried bean, and some were saying they feel these beans do better with a bit of shade. I will probably try them again next spring in a different location, but pole beans 'should' be about the easiest thing to grow, so this won't be my first choice for that. I will say that the bean pods themselves are very pretty with the purple stripe down the side.