Cherokee Trail Of Tears Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Cherokee Trail of Tears’): Also known as Cherokee Black, the variety is good as both a snap and a dry bean; when mature, the greenish-purple 6” pods encase shiny jet-black seeds. This bean was shared with Seed Savers Exchange by the late Dr. John Wyche of Hugo, Oklahoma. His Cherokee ancestors carried this bean over the Trail of Tears, the infamous winter death march from the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma (1838-39) that left a trail of 4,000 graves. Pole habit, snap or dry, 85 days. ±1,600 seeds/lb.
Learn to Grow Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean
Instructions – Sow seeds outdoors after the danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Harvest frequently to increase yield. Pods can be left on the vine to mature and then harvested as dry beans.
- Drought Tolerance: The Cherokee Trail of Tears bean variety is relatively drought tolerant, making it suitable for areas with less rainfall.
- Multipurpose: The beans can be used as snap beans, shell beans, or dried beans, offering a lot of versatility.
- Prolific: They produce a high yield of beans.
- Climbing Variety: Being a climbing variety, they can be used to maximize space in a vertical garden setup.
- Historical Significance: This heirloom variety holds historical and cultural significance, making it a good choice for preserving biodiversity and history.
- Rich in Protein: They provide a high amount of plant-based protein, necessary for muscle growth and repair.
- High in Fiber: These beans are rich in dietary fiber, which can help improve digestion.
- Iron-Rich: They are a good source of iron, which is essential for red blood cell production and preventing anemia.
- Low in Fat: Cherokee Trail of Tears beans are low in fat, which aids in maintaining a balanced diet.
- Source of Vitamins: They are a good source of many essential vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and many B Vitamins, which are necessary for overall health and wellbeing.