Arikara Yellow Bean

SKU: 1171-P50

Item Details

Seeds were originally obtained from the Arikara tribe of North Dakota and introduced in Oscar Will’s Pioneer Indian Collection of seeds (1914). Yellow-tan seeds with red-brown eye rings. Excellent for use as a baking bean. Prolific plants, good drought tolerance.

  • 80-90 days
  • Conventional
  • Bush beans
  • Dry bean
  • Yellow-tan seeds with red-brown eye ring
  • Good drought tolerance
  • Excellent used as a baking bean

This variety works for:

  • Baking

These beans liked to be cooked long and slow at low heat to keep their texture and flavor at it's peak. Try them in your favorite baked beans recipe!

Growing Instructions

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.

  • Direct Seed: 2" Apart
  • Seed Depth: 1"
  • Rows Apart: 36-48"
  • Light: Full Sun

Ratings & Reviews

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A great bean!


I have grown these for two years and think they are delicious. We pick them green and cook them like lima beans; when green they freeze very well. What we do not harvest green we let dry on the bush and eat them all winter. They are really versatile. They do want water to germinate, but otherwise are definitely drought tolerant.

An easy bean to grow. I love these beans!


I received these dry beans from my sister-in-law on Whidbey Island. On a whim I thought I'd plant some and see how they fared.
They grew really well in our zone 7 area (Mount Shasta, CA) and had several harvests.
Every year I plant them. They are prolific and so fun to grow. It took me some learning to figure out when to harvest and dry them. The first year many molded because I didn't remove them from their pods soon enough. I've since learned and will plant them again this year. It's mid-April 2020 and I am going to plant a small batch to see how they do with a mild frost still possible. We are at 3,700 ft. elevation.

The best starter bean


Zone 4b, metropolis heat-sink. Great bush bean, easy to grow and produce a good number of fingernail-sized yellow/tan beans. They tolerate half-sun, so they tend to do well in places other beans might not.