Mayflower Bean

SKU: 1029
$3.95 to $6.83

Item Details

(aka Amish Knuttle) Cutshort-type bean packed with small square seeds that are white speckled with rose. Prized for delicious flavor despite strings. Also excellent as a dry bean.

  • 100 days
  • Conventional
  • Pole bean
  • Snap or dry bean
  • Square white seeds speckled with rose
  • Delicious flavor despite strings
  • Excellent as a dry bean

This variety works for:

  • Fresh eating
  • Steaming
  • Roasting
  • Canning
  • Soups
  • Freezing

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!

When preparing your snap beans, clean off the ends, remove strings, and wash before lightly braising them with garlic and tossing with bacon. You can also add them to salads or serve them with dip or hummus as an appetizer.

Growing Instructions

Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Harvest snap beans frequently for increased yields. Leave some pods on the vine and harvest when completely mature for dry beans.

  • Direct Seed: 2" Apart
  • Seed Depth: 1"
  • Support: Trellis, tepee, or fencing
  • Light: Full Sun

Ratings & Reviews

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Has The Best green bean flavor of them all!


I've grown this off and on over the years and it's a wonderful, prolific bean in my Zone 5 garden. Grew it up cornstalks ala 3-Sisters last year and had plenty to pick fresh and enough left for seed to make soup. Mine had minimal strings when picked young (full size) but barely filled out. Has The Best green bean flavor of them all!

One of the better heirlooms.


These beans, when matured to dry pod stage and shelled, are nutty and mild, tasting similar to roasted sweet pecans. Great alone or in a soup. The stalks produce a ridiculous quantity of bean pods, but this variety seems to prefer a richer soil than bushier beans. Surprisingly, ours do quite well in the tomato boxes, and the tomatoes do a great job supporting the vines.