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Lina Sisco's Bird Egg Bean


Lina Sisco's Bird Egg- SOLD OUT

Item Details

Family heirloom brought to Missouri by covered wagon in the 1880s by Lina’s grandmother. Lina Sisco was one of the six original members of Seed Savers Exchange, which was founded in 1975. Large tan bean with maroon markings. Horticultural type used as a dry bean.

  • 85 days
  • ±1,100 seeds/lb
  • Conventional
  • Bush bean
  • Tan beans with maroon markings
  • Dry or Horticultural bean

This variety works for:

  • Baking
  • Soup
  • Shelling

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!

The pods of these beans are fibrous and don't make for good eating. Try removing the fresh, young beans from their pods and toss them with arugula, mint, basil, and feta cheese for a light salad.

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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The real deal.


Our local farm store sells these beans as "dwarf horticultural beans". They are NOT the same. This is my third year growing SSE's Lina Sisco's. By far my favorite bean. We prefer to can them. They produce a lot of food and are a family favorite. I have friends, family and neighbors asking for "extra" if I have any left over. Everyone loves them. A word of caution..the rabbits pass everything else in my garden to eat these bean plants.

Very productive! Easy to grow and pick!


We planted 2 rows about 55 feet length. So proud to say that we harvested 11 quarts of shelled beans per row. I have never had such great results. I bought more for Spring 2021

Tough year but still a good producer


We planted 3 weeks early this year in Central Massachusetts. This was the middle sister in a 3 sisters garden. Results were not as good as we had hoped , but that was due to unprecedented heat and rain in our area. I believe our corn probably choked these out a little too. I will plant again next year but in rows and not in a companion arrangement. The actual bean is amazing, wonderful flavor and creamy . Totally worth the effort