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Tepary beans are a small, drought tolerant desert bean originally from the southern US/Mexico area. Much smaller than the average bean plant, they don't typically get any taller than 6 inches. These beans require very little water and can survive on just a couple of rains per season with no additional irrigation necessary. That being said, I have also grown teary beans during a very wet season, and aside from some losses due to mold under some of the pods (which will happen to any bean in a wet season) they still performed on par with all of the other strong heritage type beans that i grow. They are extremely hardy and must have a vast seed memory in order to be able to perform so well with such little attention. I feel that these are a valuable underrated food crop that we should all grow more of! spread the tepary love!!! 

(phaseolus acutifolius) 



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