Red Kidney Bean (Bush)

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Red Kidney Bean Seeds
(Phaseolus vulgaris)
Quantity: 25+ seeds in pack

Red Kidney (Phaseolus vulgaris) bush bean plants grow to be 2-3 ft. Plant directly in full sun a week after the last expected frost. For bush beans, plant 1-1.5” deep in rows 2.5 to 3 ft apart. Thin to 3 - 4” apart. For pole beans, plant 1”deep and 3 ft apart. Maturity in 60-75 days.

*** Beans are a great deal, nutrition‐wise and cost‐wise – but be sure to cook your beans well. The toxin Phytohaemagglutinin occurs naturally in several kinds of raw beans, including broad beans, white kidney beans, and red kidney beans. If you eat them raw or under‐cooked, they can cause you to have extreme nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. They contain a protein that’s found naturally in many plants (and animals, including humans), where it performs important functions. But when it reaches high levels in some plants, particularly kidney beans, the protein can act as a toxin. Cooking the beans properly destroys the toxin. Don’t use slow cookers (the kinds of pots that you plug in and that cook food at low temperatures for several hours) to cook these beans or dishes that contain them. Slow cookers don’t get hot enough to destroy the toxin in kidney beans. Studies done by British scientists suggest that beans should be soaked in water for at least 5 hours, the water poured away, and the beans boiled in fresh water for at least 30 minutes.

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