OH. When a name says it all. An Appalachian bean originating in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. In Appalachian dialect "craw" is a synonym for several words including gizzard, throat, or gullet. And it is said that these beans were found in the craws of some wild turkeys that ended up on the table for dinner in Jones Cove, Tennessee in the 1800s. As these hunters were also gardeners, the beans were saved for planting in Spring. This vigorous climbing bean has multiple stems at the base of the plant and two or three leaders. The white flowers fade to apricot and are followed by green pods growing up to 15cm inches in length with 4 to 7 beans per pod. A nice green bean when young, or good for bottling or drying at the end of the season. The dried beans are frosted buff with brown on one end with a sweet, rich, buttery taste. This bean along with many other ones from our collection was gifted to us by the Heritage Food Crops Research Trust.
Sow in trays in glasshouse in September or direct in the garden when chance of frost has passed. From trays prick out when true leaves appear and transplant into fertile soil at 15-20cm spacing under a trellis for support. For autumn crop repeat sowing in January/February.