The common bean is one of the main food crops globally.  Bush varieties reach 20-60cm while climbing (or “pole”) varieties reach up to 3m in height.  Depending on the variety, common beans are grown for their green pods and/or mature, dry seeds.


‘Contender’ is grown mainly as a green bean but beans may be eaten dry. It takes 55 days to maturity with pods averaging 16cm in length. It is resistant to powdery mildew and bean mosaic virus.

Tio Canela

‘Tio Canela’ is a small, red-seeded variety, harvested as a dry bean at 4-5 months after planting. This variety is noted for its resistance to bean golden yellow mosaic virus.

True Red Cranberry


Quick producing pole variety from NE India that produces pods about 12 cm (5 in) in length with dark brown seeds.


Edible mature seed and young pod, thick reddish pod with large white/pink spotted beans, similar with kahsi variety

Naga Speckled

Similar looking to other varieties, but fruit is a dark red and green color and is a smaller size.


Bhutanese variety. Similar looking to other varieties, but fruit is slightly larger. Prolific producer.


From NE India. Produces tender, sweet pods about 12 cm (5 in) in length. Seeds are brown with a distinctive swirled pattern.

Huay Hom

Similar to naga variety, thin pod with white bean, beans occur in pairs