Arikara Yellow Bean - OUT for 2012
Arikara Yellow Bean
The Arikara Yellow Bean was a primary food crop for the Mandan and the Arikara American Indian tribes of the Missouri Valley. The former is the bean's name bearer. Both its hard shell and its tendency to hold shape make the Arikara Yellow an excellent dry bean. Arikara Yellow plants are extremely prolific in producing these yellow-tan seeds as well as very drought-resistant, making them the ideal market bean plant. However, because the Arikara Yellow bean does not fit the established classes for dry beans in North America, there is no ready market for this bean and thus the bean's existence is seriously threatened with large commercial growing.
Try some in soups or salads and you will quickly become a fan. Only available in limited quantities each season.