Hidatsa Shield Bean
- Pole bean
- White beans with tan and brown markings
- Very productive
- Dry bean
- 90 days
- ±600 seeds/lb
From the Hidatsa tribe who raised corn, squash, beans, and sunflowers in the Missouri River Valley of North Dakota. Shield Figure beans are described in Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden (1917). This very productive variety was boarded onto Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste in 2005. Pole habit, dry, 90 days. ±600 seeds/lb.
Learn to Grow Hidatsa Shield Bean
Direct Seed: 2" Apart
Seed Depth: 1"
Support: Trellis, tepee, or fencing
Light: Full Sun
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Harvest dry beans when the pods are completely mature and dry.
Ratings & Reviews
Gosh, they're good
by Eileen in Indiana
These beans have good germination, climb high, and are prolific. This is my second year planting them, and I'm growing even more this year. Next year, even more. For one thing, dry beans are low-maintenance, which my poor old body likes. I channel Buffalo-Bird Woman when I plant these. Most important, they cook up delicious.
First time grower
This was my first year growing this variety, and I’m saving seed for next year! Germination was excellent, and other than running a hoe along the row and giving them a net to climb, I did nothing for them. But one of my favorite parts was how easy they are to shell. I let them dry on the vine until Oct 1 here in Central Minnesota, and barely had to squeeze the pod to make them burst. Great bean to start my grandson growing, easy to grow and fun to harvest.