Monthly Archives: November 2014

Turkey Craw

Phaseolus vulgaris               80 – 100 days This heirloom pole bean has an interesting folk story behind it. Sometime during the 1800’s, a hunter, who was an African American slave, shot a turkey and found this bean in it’s craw. He planted … Continue reading

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Einkorn Wheat (KUSA strain)

Suitable for Fall planting in zone 5  Triticum monococcum               110 days This is a spring growth wheat. Also called “Stone Age Wheat” Einkorn, which means “one grain” in German, is one of the oldest cereal crops, dating back to Biblical … Continue reading

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Alberta Clipper Dent Corn

Zea Mays               60 – 75 days I discovered this variety at Oikos Tree Crops, and was intrigued by the idea of a field corn that could be harvested in 60 days, and used for animal feed as well as flour. … Continue reading

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Floriani Flint Corn

Zea mays               100 days I am amazed that heirloom varieties come and go like clothing fashion. Floriani Flint Corn was all the rage a few years ago. Now it is passe and some new (“old”) heirloom corn will become “all … Continue reading

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Proso Millet

Panicum miliaceum               70 days Proso is considered the best flavored of all the millet varieties. A high alkaline content counteracts acids and makes the grain more easily digested. Millet is gluten free and cooks quickly. Proso is quick maturing and … Continue reading

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Hell’s Canyon Millet

Setaria italic                 90 days Hell’s Canyon is a foxtail millet (or finger millet) which is grown as an animal feed/ forage crop or for human consumption. The plants are quite ornamental and produce a fair amount of biomass for the … Continue reading

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Japanese Barnyard Millet

Echinochloa frumentacea               75 – 80 days Japanese Barnyard Millet is an early producing and high yielding grain. It is grown as an animal feed as well as for human consumption primarily in Japan, China and Korea. The plant tillers vigorously, … Continue reading

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Yellow Sesame

Sesamum indicum               85 days Sesame prefers warm and dry conditions. I managed to get a fair yield of quality seed during a cooler than normal and extremely wet summer (2014), here in Northern Indiana. Sesame is one of the oldest … Continue reading

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Arikara Yellow

Phaseolus vulgaris               80 – 90 days This heirloom bean came originally from the Arikara tribe of North Dakota. They were introduced in Oscar Will’s Pioneer Indian Collection of seeds in 1915. They are excellent for use as a baked bean … Continue reading

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A. L. White Teff

Eragrostis tef   A.L. White Teff is the variety most widely used for making injera bread in Ethiopia. It can also be used in general breadmaking and cooking up as a hot cereal. It is gluten free and very nutritious. It … Continue reading

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