This is a very old Native American bean tracing back to the 1790’s at Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is associated with the Miami Indians and was also used by the Potawatomi, Delaware and Shawnee. Tasty as a fresh bean but can also be used as a “meaty” dry soup bean. Miami Ohio Pole Beans are late maturing for dry seed at 100 days (80 days for fresh) and benefit from a good strong trellising system.
My original seed came from an individual who is working to restore some of the traditional food crops of the Miami Indians. The seed I was given came from 2 sources, Amishland Heirloom Seeds and the Jijak Foundation, Hopkins Michigan (Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi). I grew the two strains, which appeared to be identical together in the same row.
Seed Saving: Isolate from other Phaseolus vulgaris varieties by 25′ for home use, 100′-150′ for pure seed.