Cangreen

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John Withee bought this lima from the Hastings Seed Company. Although it is unclear when it was purchased, it was first offered in Hastings’ catalog in 1943. Cangreen was described as a green seeded version of the popular ‘Henderson’ lima and being equally productive. It was bred for its green seed color, which is more attractive. Additionally, it was a winner of the All-America Selections in 1943, a company that started in 1930s when the seed market was saturated with promises of “new” and “improved” seeds. All-America Selections’ founder, W. Ray Hastings, hoped to inform home gardeners of new varieties that had truly been improved. This was accomplished through a network of trial grounds throughout North American climates where varieties were grown side-by-side and assessed by expert, impartial judges.