This tan and maroon speckled bean was brought to Missouri by covered wagon in the 1880s by the grandmother of Lina Cisco – one of the six original members of Seed Savers Exchange which was founded in 1975.
These beans are large and plump with a distinctive aroma. When cooked, it has a delicious creamy texture. Lina Cisco’s Bird Egg bean is can be boiled or roasted. Its markings are muted when cooked.
The plants require good sunlight, even watering and support to grow well.
Image courtesy of Slow Foods USA.