The Red Cranberry bean is one of the oldest American bean varieties, found in the northeastern region of the US. The Abnaki Indians and woodsmen in what is now Maine historically used this bean. The Red Cranberry bean is a rare heirloom that was rediscovered by bean collector, John Withee, after an 11-year search in Steep Falls, Maine. As its name suggests, the mature True Red Cranberry bean looks like a ripe cranberry. The beans are fat and shiny and are mostly used dried.
Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Harvest dry beans when the pods are completely mature and dry.