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Canadian Wonder bean

Canadian Wonder bean

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95 - 105 days for dry. Canadian Wonder is a Canadian heirloom bean that is extremely popular in Europe but has almost disappeared from its native country. Its earliest documentation is from 1873 but it is believed to be older than that. I found this listing for it in an Ely seed catalogue from 1881: "This dwarf bean is of such great value as to fully justify the name "Wonder". In growth the plant is dwarf and compact. The pods, produced in marvellous (sic) abundance, are very tender, delicate in flavor, of beautiful shape, and grow from 12 to 16 inches in length. For string beans it is sure to become a great favorite, while for fresh shelled beans (cooked like Lima Beans), hardly any other variety can approach it in rich, delicious flavor and handsome appearance." I can vouch for its beauty, its incredible productivity, and its earliness. It grew extremely well for us in cold, wet conditions, producing a bumper crop of red, kidney-type beans that are delicious in chili, soups, stews and casseroles. When young, it can be eaten as a snap bean, which is what it's known for in Europe.